By Richard Clarke

Mikel Arteta has hailed Arsenal's new-found strength in defence.

The elegant midfielder swept home the third goal in his side's comprehensive 3-0 win over West Brom on Saturday. However the Spaniard was just as pleased at Arsenal's third clean-sheet in their last four

games.

"We have been trying to get everything tight and be more solid," he told Arsenal Player. "I like to get forward, have freedom and I like to score goals. I want to participate more on the attacking side so I did that and I'm pleased.

"But now we are on a run, we are keeping it together and getting clean sheets. That's important.

"I am pleased that we won. We have a break now and it leaves you with a really bad sensation if you don't win before one of those. We have 15 days to work with the players and we need to come back very strong.

"We have to win every game because we are catching up and it is not one or two clubs [chasing the title] like the old days. We know we have the talent and the desire in our team to get better."

The 29-year-old admits he could do with the break after an intense start to his Arsenal career following that deadline day move from Everton.

"I have not had a lot of time to settle," he admitted. "As soon as I came here there was a pressure and we needed to get results. It has not been an easy time but we have got those results in the last two months."

The full interview with Mikel is now available on Arsenal Player.

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