Cesc Fabregas summed up Arsenal's missing ingredient this season in one word - goals.
Arsène Wenger's side ended their home campaign on Sunday with a 1-1 draw against Chelsea. Arsenal went ahead through Gilberto's penalty and missed chances to extend their lead before Michael Essien equalised.
It was by no means the most profligate performance from the hosts at Emirates Stadium - CSKA Moscow and West Ham probably take the prize there. However, for Fabregas, the problem has persisted throughout the campaign.
"We have played fantastic football, but the most important things is goals," he said. "I am not going to use the excuse we have been missing such a key player like Thierry Henry, or Robin van Persie, who were both in great form. That is football. You have to find other solutions. We had them, and it is not just about the strikers."
It is telling that Arsenal's top-scorer this season is still Van Persie, who had been injured since January. However Fabregas called on himself and his fellow midfielders to step up.
"The only midfielder who scored the goals he should have is Gilberto because he scored 11," said the Spaniard. "That is good, but we should have scored more goals from midfield as well. Hopefully we can improve on that next season.
"When you are young, you can always improve. We can mature as footballers and grow up together. I feel that is very important."
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