By Joe Brewin

Mikel Arteta believes a strong end to the season can give Arsenal the platform for a genuine attempt at silverware next year.

Arsenal are currently enjoying their best run of the campaign, winning seven of their last eight league matches to boost hopes of a third-place finish.

Arteta has gone from strength to strength since joining the Club last summer and he is confident that next year has the potential to be even better for Arsenal.

"We need to finish the season really strong,” said the Spaniard. “We’ve shown we have a lot of fighters here. We have missed big players this season; Abou Diaby, Jack Wilshere, and they haven't played at all and are massive players.

"We know we have really good players and maybe, just maybe, we can do even better than what we have done this year.”

Arteta scored his sixth goal of an excellent debut season in Sunday’s hard-fought win over Manchester City and the Spaniard says he is always happy to chip in.

"I'm trying to contribute the best way to the team that I can,” he said. “Scoring goals is not one of my most important jobs because we have better players in the team to do that. But it's always nice to help.

"Robin [van Persie] has been creating goals for other players. As long as we keep winning, that's the most important thing. We are also keeping clean sheets as well which is important from now until the end of the season.

"Everybody likes to score a goal and I'm no different. When Robin scores three then I'm happy as well because we win the game. But this goal [against Man City] was special and it won the game.”

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10 Apr 2012