By Richard Clarke
Mikel Arteta has called on his Arsenal side to be more ruthless at home if they want to break into the top four.
Arsène Wenger’s men went into Tuesday’s game against Wolves well aware that victory at Emirates Stadium would leave them properly in the Champions League places for the first time this season.
It looked likely when Gervinho put them in front after eight minutes but Steven Fletcher equalised just before half time and the visitors remained resolute until the final whistle despite being reduced to ten men.
Arteta praised Arsenal’s endeavour on the day but knows that more will be needed when QPR come to Emirates Stadium on New Year’s Eve.
“I don’t think you can ask much more than we put in to win the game,” he told Arsenal Player. “Everyone tried really hard, it was one of those games. We had seven to 10 chances to win it but, as I said, 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,” he went on. “This is a very important period and we have another game in four days. There is not much time to think at Christmas time. We did everything that we could to win the match. We have not done it so we have to improve for the next game against QPR.”
Watch the full interview with Mikel on Arsenal Player.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 28 Dec 2011