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Gunners "ready to fight" for the fans

Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna insists he is not too downhearted after the defeat to Barcelona and believes they can learn a lot from their defeat as they pursue domestic success.

Recent weeks have not been to kind to the Gunners, starting with the League Cup final defeat to Birmingham City where a mix-up between Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and defender Laurent Koscielny gave Obafemi Martins an easy tap-in to secure victory minutes before the end.

That disappointment was tempered somewhat by a thumping victory over Leyton Orient in the FA Cup, but a goalless home draw with Sunderland in the league was followed by a Champions League exit after a 3-1 defeat to Barcelona.

However, all is not lost for the Gunners as they can still achieve a domestic double. Arsenal are only three points behind league leaders Manchester United, who they face in the FA Cup at the weekend for a place in the semi-finals.

And Sagna believes that Tuesday night’s defeat can work in their favour as they strive to bring silverware to the Emirates and a six-year trophy drought.

"We can learn a lot from Barcelona - they kept playing as a team, kept passing the ball quite well,” Sagna told reporters.

“We have to think about the way they played and it must be an inspiration.

"We have to be strong because we want to be successful. We have to fight for the team, for the fans and everyone.

"We want to bring something back to the Emirates and so we have to think about the next game.

"Everyone is still confident we can win something.

"The good point is we don't have time to think about what happened last night.

"We just want to train as hard as we can and give the maximum.

"We are ready to fight because we are even more frustrated after what happened last night and we want to give more.

"It will be another big game on Saturday. We just want to go there and play our football."

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