Mikel Arteta believes that Arsenal’s Champions League victory at Bayern Munich should act as a blueprint for the rest of their season.
Despite the result Arsène Wenger’s side were knocked out on the away goals rule, but Arteta hopes they will learn lessons from the two-legged tie.
“It has to give us confidence but we must keep our feet on the ground as well because we haven’t been at the consistency level that is required,” he said.
It has to give us confidence but we must keep our feet on the ground as well because we haven’t been at the consistency level that is required
“I am convinced we can compete but the details against big teams are massively important. And for me the frustrating thing is when we lose games and the opposition does very little to win.
“If they play better than you, as Bayern did in the first leg for 25 to 30 minutes, you put your hands up and say ‘listen, they are a terrific team’. But in some of the games we have lost this season, that wasn’t the case and that’s why we have to cut it out straight away.
“The line is very thin when you win and lose. The perspective of things is very different but we have got the characters and the desire.
“How many teams would do what we did when they’ve lost 3-1 at home to Bayern Munich? Let’s be consistent - that is the main thing for us now.”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 14 Mar 2013