By Nik Brumsack

Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen says it is vital that the team stick together after losing for the second time in four days.

After going down to Norwich in the Premier League on Saturday, Arsenal again tasted defeat on Wednesday as two late goals fired German side Schalke to a 2-0 victory at Emirates Stadium.

The result ended a nine-year unbeaten run against foreign teams at home in the Champions League.

“It’s a disappointing result for us,” Vermaelen said at full time. “It’s a little bit frustrating. It’s difficult for us to create chances at the moment. At the end we concede two goals so it’s a little bit disappointing.

“I heard we only created one shot and that’s not good enough. Normally, that’s our strength. Technically-wise, to create a lot of chances and score a lot of goals.

“At the moment it’s a little bit more difficult but in these times you have to stay positive and work day in, day out really hard. In the end the positivity will come back.

“It’s really important at the moment to stay together as a team. Of course results are not great at the moment, but in these times you have to stay together and in the end you are stronger as a group. I’m positive this group has a lot of quality to come back.”

Arsenal will have the chance to get back on track when bottom club Queens Park Rangers visit the Emirates on Saturday afternoon - and Vermaelen is relishing the opportunity to pick up three points.

“I said it before, there’s so many games coming up now, so every time you make a mistake, you can make up for it really quickly. We know what to do on Saturday. We have to concentrate, stay positive and work hard on Saturday and we’ll win the game.”

Watch the full interview with Thomas on Arsenal Player

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25 Oct 2012