Cesc Fabregas has urged his team-mates to play with more aggression next season and simply "go for it" in the title race.
Arsenal's record against this term's other top four sides is a source of pride for the 20-year-old Spaniard however he believes their losses to some of the lower-placed teams are not acceptable. It has meant Arsène Wenger's side, although safe in the Champions League places, have never really mounted a sustained challenge for top spot.
"It was a big gap this year," said Fabregas, "and last season also. But remember last season we were in the final of the Champions League. Let's see if we can do it next season.
"I am sure we can - that is the mentality here to win things and we will go for it.
"I think we should be proud of our record this season [playing the top sides]. You win the title against the big teams but if you do not win against the other sides you will not win it. Arsenal cannot accept that.
"If you are ambitious and really want to win the title, you have to play with more aggressiveness and do your job properly. We have to really go for it."
Fabregas is expected to be named in the Arsenal squad for the season-closing game at Portsmouth on Sunday. Wenger's side are currently fourth but can rise a place if they achieve a better result than Liverpool, who entertain relegated Charlton. It will be no limp end-of-season affair for Fabregas.
"For me there is a big difference between third and fourth," he concluded. "We are playing for honour, so we have to go for third place."
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