Thomas Vermaelen wants instant response from Arsenal against Olympiakos

Thomas Vermaelen
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Arsenal skipper Thomas Vermaelen expects his team to find a positive response to their first defeat of the season with a win against Olympiakos.

Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has insisted that he expects the Gunners to respond instantly against Olmypiakos in the Champions League tonight.

Vermaelen was at the heart of an Arsenal defence that lost their first game of the season against Chelsea last weekend.

The Belgian international told Arsenal's official matchday programme that he is pleased another game has come around so quickly so that his team do not have to dwell on the loss.

He said: "We have to bounce back against Olympiakos and I am confident that we will.

"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."

Arsenal face the Greek champions in the group stages for the third time in four seasons, with the home team winning each of the last six meetings.

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