Arsenal must stop being 'nice' if they have any hope of ending their trophy drought, according to Bacary Sagna.
The Gunners' faint hopes of winning the Barclays Premier League were ended by Stoke on Sunday as Tony Pulis' side triumphed 3-1 at the Britannia Stadium.
Stoke's infamously direct style appears to trouble Arsenal more than most and the failure to deal with balls into the box was the north Londoners' downfall yet again.
After losing to Bolton two weeks ago, Arsene Wenger bemoaned his side for not attacking the ball at defensive set-pieces, and Sagna has now called on his teammates to be more ruthless in their own penalty area.
"We are too nice. We have to fight a bit more. We have to push them as much as they push us and be a bit more killer," the 28-year-old told the official Arsenal website.
"We are not defending as well as we have to and against big players like Stoke have, it is very difficult.
"We have to put in performances week after week and fight even more.
"We didn't give enough. We didn't play as we can and that is what happens when you don't give the maximum - you get beaten everywhere."
Sagna does, however, expect Arsenal to overcome their defensive deficiencies and push towards winning silverware next season.
"It can be put right on the training ground because it is in our mind," he added.
"We know we are very good players, but sometimes we have to fight a bit more."