By Chris Harris

Andrey Arshavin believes Arsenal must make a collective effort to improve their defensive record.

Arsène Wenger's side are sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League, have secured a place in the Carling Cup Semi-Finals and are one positive result away from the last 16 of the Champions League.

For all that, question marks remain over their defensive solidity after a run of one clean sheet in six games and a propensity to ship goals at Emirates Stadium.

Arshavin finds that frustrating but he insists that the entire Arsenal team must find a way to tighten up - and not just the designated defenders.

"We struggle in defence so we have to score more than we concede," said the Russian. "It's very frustrating and we're trying to improve.

"Normally I can't go through our defenders in training, but we don't just blame our defenders. Sometimes I can't run [back], and I let defenders cross so the forwards score a goal.

"So it doesn't always depend on defenders. As a team we need to improve defensively."

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