Kieran Gibbs outlines key area where Arsenal need to improve

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Kieran Gibbs believes that Arsenal are starting to improve, but has admitted that one key area must still be worked on.

The Gunners are seemingly on the up, and have destroyed some of the preconceptions usually associated with them under Arsene Wenger’s management.

An inability to defend has turned into a pragmatic approach to play that has seen Wenger build upon Arsenal’s key strengths to suffer just three defeats in their last 19 games - with only one draw amongst all the victories.

Defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin has been praised for much of the improvement, and his top class performances have proved that the Gunners made a mistake in entering games without a holding player in the side.

However, his role has been just part of a large improvement from the entire side, and one would expect the North London club to secure a top four finish once again.

Despite progressing well in the Premier League, it will be the Gunners achievements in the Champions League that once again mark their season, and they have a real chance to secure a passage to the latter rounds by taking on Monaco in the first knockout stage.

They host the Ligue 1 club tomorrow, before playing the second leg in a couple of weeks, and Arsenal will be placing their newfound defensive strength up against the lowest scorers - four - and least creative side - they created just 32 chances - in the entire group stage of the tournament.

However, no game will be easy at this stage of the competition, and the Gunners need to carry over their good performances onto the European stage.

Despite all the improvement, there is still something considered ‘lightweight’ about the club, and full-back Kieran Gibbs has admitted that the club need to become more consistent if they intend to become one of the best teams in Europe.

Speaking to the Standard, the England international said: “I think we have shown in a lot of games how solid we can be, but we haven’t been consistent enough.

“That’s been the difference. It is because of a mixture of things that every team goes through during the season. It is our job to be as consistent as possible — not just performances but results.

“We have to take performances like [Manchester] City [2-0 to Arsenal] and put them in on a consistent basis in every game."

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