Arsene Wenger has conceded Arsenal are too reliant on Robin van Persie after seeing his side struggle to a 1-1 draw with Stoke on Saturday.


Van Persie hit the back of the net to help the Gunners earn a point at the Britannia Stadium, after Peter Crouch had given the home side an early lead.


The draw means that Arsenal nudge closer to securing third place after Newcastle succumbed to a 4-0 defeat against Wigan, with four points separating them from Tottenham – although Spurs have a game in hand – with two games of their season remaining.


Despite his 28th strike of the season against the Potters, Van Persie had found the back of the net in just once of his previous seven games, and Wenger admits Arsenal need to find goals from elsewhere to support the Dutchman.


“He has to push us over the line,” the Frenchman told the Mirror.


"There are two games to go. We have been a bit over-reliant on him, I concede that,”


"But it is difficult to change that before the end of the season."


Wenger also admitted he was conscious of the impact of Newcastle’s defeat on his side’s game, revealing that he was more concerned with not losing the game rather than going all out for the win.


"I knew that Newcastle were losing, so in the last 20 minutes I thought it was important not to lose the game,” he commented.


"We had a good game defensively. We had some great fluency in the first half. In the second half, we did not create enough anymore.


"I don't know if it was because Stoke defended better or we were tired.


"It was a valuable point because we showed battling qualities we have not always shown here."

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