Tomas Rosicky believes that Arsenal need to pass the ball quicker if they want to improve their home form.

Last season, Arsène Wenger's side had the best away record in the Premier League but suffered disappointing defeats to West Brom, Newcastle, Tottenham and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium.

The experienced Rosicky feels that, in the past, Arsenal's football has favoured the atmosphere on the road. The Czech international now wants to ratchet up the pace of their play. 

"It’s time to show that we’re serious with our home results," the 30-year-old told the Arsenal programme.

"At times we played better football away from home last season. I think that’s because you automatically play quicker in away games, when you’re under more pressure from the opposing crowd and their team.

"It’s important that we pass the ball equally quickly at home - when you take too many touches you give the opponent time to regroup, to get their shape back. Teams drop off us and you need to move their defensive block around at speed.

"That’s what we lacked in a few games last season - we played a bit too slowly and held the ball too much.

"Passing the ball quickly is a basic strength of ours and if we start doing it consistently I’m sure we will have a very good winning streak at home again."

The full interview with Tomas Rosicky will appear in Saturday's Official Matchday Programme. You can subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20.

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19 Aug 2011