By Rob Kelly

Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal will get back on track over the busy Christmas period by stringing together a run of victories.

The Gunners have slipped to 10th in the Premier League table following a dip in form that has seen them pick up just two points out of nine.

Arteta admits it is a worrying time for the playing squad, but is confident they have the tools at their disposal to turn the situation around.

“The problem is that we’re not winning enough games and at home, more than away, we’re very inconsistent,” the Spaniard said.

“I think the difference between winning and losing nowadays is very small. We could probably have won all of the games that we lost, but we haven’t won.

“We know we have to react. We have a very busy period now at Christmas and it can make the difference. If you win two or three games in a row, suddenly you’re on top again.

“It would change the atmosphere. If we get up to Christmas with everyone very excited, suddenly it’s a different world.”

While Arteta has been disappointed with Arsenal’s recent form, he insists it is not down to any lack of application.

“I’m 100 per cent sure about the desire of the players and the ambition we have in the dressing room. It’s spot on,” he said.

“We can get criticised because we haven’t scored enough or because we haven’t played as well as we want to play, but I could not criticise a single player because of his attitude, his ambition, his professionalism, even in training.

“Players are worried. Players are disappointed after the game and you can see that. It’s not like [we say] ‘it doesn’t really matter. We’ll do it next game’. It’s not like that at all.”

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8 Dec 2012