Arteta demands immediate Arsenal improvement


Arsenal playmaker Mikel Arteta has urged his teammates to quickly forget the draw against Wolves and focus on improving against QPR.

Neil Warnock's side will travel to the Emirates Stadium on New Year's Eve looking to replicate the success of Mick McCarthy's side in north London, with a lack of cutting edge costing the Gunners' dearly on Tuesday afternoon.

However, other results have left Arsene Wenger's side well in the mix for a return to the top four places, and the Spaniard wants to see an improvement on Saturday as they look to overtake Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League table.

"We have to stand up now. This is a very important period and we have another game in four days. There is not much time to think at Christmas time," Arteta told the official Arsenal website.

"We did everything that we could to win the match. We have not done it so we have to improve for the next game against QPR.”

Reflecting on the game, Arteta felt the lack of a ruthless streak at home was the key reason behind not collecting all three points against the Midlands outfit.

Gervinho's early strike was cancelled out by a Steven Fletcher header, and whilst Welsh keeper Wayne Hennessey was in inspired form for the visitors, Arteta knows the side have to take their chances when they come.

"I don’t think you can ask much more than we put in to win the game. Everyone tried really hard, it was one of those games. We had seven to 10 chances to win it but, as I said, it did not happen for us," he added.


"Every side in the Premier League works hard but one goal is not enough. We have to be ruthless at home and keep more clean sheets to make sure we don’t drop points."

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