Maintaining Arsenal's consistent home form is the key to a successful season, insists Gunners midfielder Mikel Arteta.

The Spanish midfielder was speaking after the club's 2-1 Barclays Premier League victory over Sunderland, which propelled Arsene Wenger's side back into the top half of the table.

The win gives the players a timely confidence boost, as Arsenal prepare for their UEFA Champions League trip to Marseille, and Arteta says the focus must now be on putting together a string of impressive performances.

"It's a massive win and three points," the 29-year-old told Arsenal player. "I think it got a bit complicated after the first 20 minutes when we could have been two or three-nil up.


"We just have to keep doing what we are doing at home, winning every game and I am sure that is going to see us climb up the table quickly."

Having won all but one of their matches at the Emirates Stadium this season, Arsenal are building a home fortress to be proud of. But the squad are still waiting for their first away victory in the 2011-12 league campaign, and Arteta urged his teammates to continue working hard to achieve that.

"If you are very consistent you get the results," he added. "We know that away from home we have the ability to nick points all the way through the league so it's up to us [to achieve that]."

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