Arsenal players vow to return to Champions League next season

Arsenal players are adamant they'll be back in the Champions League next season after last night's courageous defeat to AC Milan.

Laurent Koscielny insisted their efforts in coming so close to a historic result have made them all the more determined to qualify for the Champions League next season.

The French defender — whose seventh-minute goal sparked the Gunners' astonishing fightback — said: "We want to come back in the Premier League because we would like to play games like that again.

"Everyone fought together as team-mates so it's important to keep that going.

"We won against Spurs and Liverpool and although we have difficult games we are now determined to get the fourth place or maybe even third place.

"Everybody's dead tired but when we lost 4-0 in the first game it's always difficult to come back.

"But we gave everything on the pitch and in the end it was just one goal. At half-time we wanted to continue playing like that, we had opportunities in the second half, Robin van Persie had one but he doesn't score. That's life."

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