By Rob Kelly

Tomas Rosicky had called on the Arsenal squad to “stick together and fight” to win the fans over.

Arsène Wenger’s side have lost two successive matches and lie 10th in the Premier League table after a disappointing run of form.

It had led to some supporters voicing their frustrations, and Rosicky says it is up to the players to turn the situation around.

“I can understand it, I’m an Arsenal fan as well,” he said. “On the other side, we have some young guys and they can feel the frustration as well. It’s definitely not helping them.

“We all have to stick together - that’s the only thing we can do. It’s what we did last season when everybody was writing us off and we came back stronger.

“After the [comeback] we produced, we could feel the great atmosphere we had at the Emirates, particularly the games against Tottenham and Milan. I’ve been a professional footballer for a very long time, and it was the best atmosphere I’ve ever played in.

“We have to win the people [over] again. That’s the challenge. We did it last year, so why not do it again? Of course it will be difficult. There’s no doubt about that, but we are capable of doing it again.

“If we are all on board, this is a great place to be and a great place to play football. But we have to stick together and fight.”

Rosicky scored on his first start of the season against Olympiacos on Tuesday, but warned not to expect too much too soon.

“I am a creative player - that’s the part I can contribute,” he said. “But it will not be easy for me. I was out for a long time so I need to regain match fitness again. Of course I would like to play. Let’s see how it goes.”

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5 Dec 2012