Football - Arteta demands Arsenal build on Bayern win

Mikel Arteta has challenged his Arsenal team-mates to recapture the spirit shown in beating Bayern Munich when they look to force their way back into the Champions League over the closing weeks of the season.

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Despite an impressive 2-0 victory in the Allianz Arena, Arsene Wenger's men bowed out of Europe after they were unable to recover from a 3-1 first-leg defeat in London last month.

The Gunners must now lift themselves for Saturday's trip to Swansea, where victory would keep alive hopes of chasing down Chelsea and perhaps even fierce rivals Tottenham for a place in the top four of the Barclays Premier League.

"It has to give us confidence, but we must keep our feet on the earth as well because we haven't been on the consistency [level] that is required at this football club," said Arteta, who was captain in Munich as Thomas Vermaelen was left on the bench.

"On Saturday, if we are not at it, we are going to face a really difficult team which is Swansea away from home."

Arteta added: "For us it (Champions League) is massive, for the club and the fans, we cannot afford to be out of the Champions League.

"You never know in football. We have to focus on us. At the moment it doesn't depend on us, but the only thing we can do is win every game."

Arsenal have often been criticised for a supposed lack of leadership within the squad. Arteta, though, disagrees.

He said: "We have got the characters and the desire, we do really care.

"We have a lot of different nationalities here and sometimes that is a difficult thing to manage. However, in this changing room, I haven't seen that problem and we are going to keep fighting until the end. We get criticised and some days we really deserve it. After this result, we deserve better."

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