Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen issues title rally cry

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Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has warned his team-mates not to let their Champions League exit impair their title charge.

The Gunners held reigning European champions Bayern Munich to a 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena last evening.

While Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will have been pleased with his team's efforts they weren't quite enough as they exited the competition at the last 16 stage after stumbling to a 2-0 defeat in the first leg.

Vermaelen, who has been consigned to the subs bench for much of the season, was drafted in as Keiran Gibbs' replacement last night, says his side must now focus on their league campaign and ensure they suffer no European hangover.

"The result (against Bayern) wasn't great for us to go through, but you always need to take the positives out of it," he told reporters.

"We worked hard and that is what you need, the spirit in the team is very good.

"We are still up there in the Premier League, we are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, you can feel the desire in the team that there is still something to play for."

Arsenal currently sit in 3rd place in the Premier League - seven points adrift of league leaders Chelsea.

They are also heavy favourite to win the FA Cup, having seen of Everton in the quarter-finals.

The Gunners play Wigan in the semi-finals, and will face either Sheffield United or Hull City if they can defeat the Latics.

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