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Arsenal star calls on fans to replicate Spurs and Milan atmospheres

Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky, left, celebrates scoring the opener against Olympiakos with Aaron Ramsey and Carl Jenkinson. Photo credit: AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky, left, celebrates scoring the opener against Olympiakos with Aaron Ramsey and Carl Jenkinson. Photo credit: AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
3:18 PM

Tomas Rosicky can understand the frustrations of Arsenal fans at their slump in form, but insists if everyone pulls together the Gunners can turn things around.

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Arsenal missed out on the chance to secure seeding for the knockout stages of the Champions League when they went down 2-1 at Olympiacos, where Czech winger Rosicky had fired the much-changed visitors ahead just before half-time.

The defeat extended Arsenal’s winless run to four games, with Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat by Swansea seeing Arsene Wenger’s men plummet down the Barclays Premier League table to 10th place.

There has been plenty of tension on the terraces at the Emirates Stadium, which seems to be filtering through to performances on the pitch as the players fail to produce the required tempo.

Rosicky, though, has every confidence things can soon be put right - starting with the visit of West Brom on Saturday.

“I can understand the frustrations, I am an Arsenal fan as well when I was not playing,” said Rosicky, who has just returned to action after being sidelined since aggravating his Achilles problem ahead of the European Championships.

“It is understandable, but also on the other side we have some young guys as well and this is definitely not helping them.

“We have to all stick together, which is what we did last season when everyone was writing us off and we came back stronger.

“You could feel the great atmosphere we created at the Emirates with performances against Tottenham and AC Milan [in last season’s Champions League].

“I have been in professional football for a very long time and that was without any doubt the best atmosphere I have ever played in.

“Of course we have to win the people again, that is the challenge.

“It will be difficult, there is no doubt about that, we are capable of doing it again.

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

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