Mikel Arteta has praised Arsenal's new-found defensive resilience, after the club earned their third clean sheet in the last four outings following Saturday's 3-0 victory over West Brom.

After a woeful start to the 2011-12 campaign, the Gunners have quickly climbed the Barclays Premier League table having recorded five wins in their last six games.

Now sitting just three points outside the UEFA Champions League places, the 29-year-old Spaniard believes the players are starting to hit their best form - which is mainly down to the confidence instilled from a water-tight backline.

"We have been trying to get everything tight and be more solid," Arteta told Arsenal Player. "I like to get forward, have freedom and I like to score goals.

"I want to participate more on the attacking side so I did that and I'm pleased. But now we are on a run, we are keeping it together and getting clean sheets. That's important."

Arteta reflected positively on Arsenal's latest victory at the Emirates Stadium, and believes the players have built the foundations needed to win every match from now on in a bid to catch up with the leading pack.

"I am pleased that we won," he added. "We have a break now and it leaves you with a really bad sensation if you don't win before one of those.

"We have 15 days to work with the players and we need to come back very strong.

"We have to win every game because we are catching up and it is not one or two clubs [chasing the title] like the old days. We know we have the talent and the desire in our team to get better."

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