Arsenal stopper backs side to bounce back

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Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen is confident his side will bounce back from their recent dip in form.

The Gunners have won just two of their last five games - having lost to Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea in recent weeks.

Arsenal were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Chelsea on Tuesday, as Arsene Wenger's side were beaten 2-0 by their London rivals at the Emirates Stadium.

However Vermaelen, who has been used sparingly this season, believes his side can get back to winning ways when they take on Liverpool in the Premier League at the weekend.

The 27-year-old Belgium international, who was handed a rare start by Wenger on Tuesday, said on Arsenal's recent form: “We’ve won a lot more games than we have lost this season so we should have a lot of confidence that we can beat Liverpool.

“We are top of the league so one defeat shouldn’t take away our belief.

“Obviously it was disappointing to lose to Chelsea and if you look at the team we played you can see it was a serious match for us.

“We did not take it lightly just because it was the Capital One Cup.

“So now it is important to respond quickly and bounce straight back against Liverpool.

“We just need to keep going like we have been doing in previous weeks and it’s good that we have the chance to put things right so quickly."

Vermaelen has warned his Arsenal teammates to be wary of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who the Belgium defender played with during his time at Dutch side Ajax.

“I know Luis Suarez from my time at Ajax and we have played many times against him and Daniel Sturridge," added Vermaelen.

“We know they are both playing well and are quite dangerous but hopefully on Saturday we can do better and beat them.”

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