Thomas Vermaelen can’t wait to take to the field against Olympiacos on Wednesday evening - because he wants to consign Saturday’s defeat against Chelsea to distant memory.

The Arsenal captain believes that having another home match hot on the heels of that disappointing 2-1 loss is just what Arsène Wenger’s side need.

Olympiacos are Greek champions and while Arsenal will be favourites, Vermaelen is looking forward to the challenge that they will present.

“We have to bounce back against Olympiacos and I am confident that we will,” he told the Official Matchday Programme.

“It’s always nice to have another game shortly after a defeat, and particularly at home. On top of that, it’s a different competition and different opposition, and a new occasion all round - so it should be an interesting night."

Vermaelen is well versed in what to expect from Wednesday night's opponents, and is aware that victory over Leonardo Jardim’s side would be a significant springboard to qualification from Group B.

“Olympiacos aren’t new to us - in fact I think we’ve played them three times in my four years here, so we’re quite familiar now,” he said.

“They gave us a couple of hard games last season and I’m sure that’ll be the case again, although my fellow Belgian Kevin Mirallas has since left them to join Everton.

“We’ll be ready for them, and we know how important it is to get early points on the board in the group stage. With two consecutive home games, it’s a good opportunity to give ourselves a big chance of qualifying - and a win would certainly build on our victory in Montpellier.”

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3 Oct 2012