By Nick Teale
The Arsenal squad is ready for the new Premier League season, according to Bacary Sagna.
But the defender believes the Gunners must learn to see out games after conceding goals in the closing stages of both of their fixtures at the Emirates Cup. Milan grabbed a late equaliser on Saturday and Celtic struck twice to ensure a tense finish to the tournament on Sunday.
"We need to be more consistent because we are leading 3-0 and we only won 3-2," reflected Sagna. "If you remember what happened last year against Wigan, we need to keep playing.
"Maybe we stopped playing because we thought the game was too easy but that is football now. We let them back in because we stopped playing so we must stay focused. We need to talk more on the pitch and stay together.
"Everyone is ready [for the season]," added Sagna. "Personally I cannot wait to play because I know we have a very good team with quality young players who play good football.
"We did quite well and won the Emirates Cup. It was very important for us that we won something. It is only pre-season and the Emirates Cup but as a player you want to win everything.
"The job is done but now we just need to work because we had some bad points as well. We need to look forward, work on what we have to and just stay focused."
The France international scored Arsenal's second of the 3-2 win over Celtic and was visibly delighted with his first goal at Emirates Stadium.
"It was my first goal in years," he smiled. "I was very happy because I was pleased to score. It is a good point because I need to do more - both scoring and defending - this season."