Thomas Vermaelen asks fans for support

Thomas Vermaelen
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Arsenal skipper Thomas Vermaelen asks Gunners fans to get behind his struggling side ahead of Tuesday's Champions League tie against Bayern Munich.

Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has called for Gunners fans to rally behind his side ahead of Tuesday's Champions League match against Bayern Munich.

Arsene Wenger's side saw their FA Cup hopes ended on Saturday in a disappointing home defeat to Blackburn Rovers.

Vermaelen has insisted that Arsenal are capable of competing against Bayern in the first leg of their last-16 tie but wants the Emirates crowd to create a positive atmosphere tomorrow night.

He told The Sun: "The result against Blackburn was terrible. It's normal the fans are disappointed but we need them to believe as well.

"We need their support 100% on Tuesday. Anything can happen in the Champions League.

"Is it realistic to win the Champions League? Why not? It's a tournament, I believe in our chances."

Bayern arrive in North London in top form after earning their 18th league win of the season at Wolfsburg on Friday night.

Arsenal player Oliver Giroud celebrates with his teammates after scoring the opening goal in his sides match with Brighton and Hove Albion on January 26, 2013
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