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Wednesday 28 December 2011

Arteta: Arsenal need to be ruthless

Gunners midfielder says they need to learn how to finish teams off

Mikel Arteta joined Arsenal from Everton in the summer

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta says they need to learn to be ruthless after they were held at home by Wolves on Tuesday.

The Gunners drew 1-1 despite having the bulk of possession and chances and Wolves playing the last 15 minutes with 10 men.

The draw meant they missed the chance to jump above London rivals Chelsea and into the top four in the Barclays Premier League table.

"We have to stand up now - this is a very important period"
- Mikel Arteta

Their next three League matches all come against teams in the bottom half of the table - QPR at home, followed by away trips to Fulham and Swansea.

Arteta, 29, told Arsenal Player: "I don’t think you can ask much more than we put in to win the game.

"Everyone tried really hard, it was one of those games. We had seven to 10 chances to win it but it did not happen for us.

"Every side in the Premier League works hard but one goal is not enough. We have to be ruthless at home and keep more clean sheets to make sure we don't drop points.

"We have to stand up now. This is a very important period and we have another game in four days."

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Key Points

  • Arsenal were held 1-1 at home by Wolves
  • Gunners missed the chance to go above Chelsea
  • Face important matches against QPR, Fulham and Swansea