Arsenal attacker Santi Cazorla says his side must cut out their inconsistency if they are to challenge for the English Premier League title.
A late capitulation to Swansea City on Saturday saw Arsenal drop to 10th place, 15 points off leaders Manchester United.
Frustrating draws with Aston Villa and Everton came before the Swansea loss and Cazorla said Arsenal needed to be more consistent to have any chance of challenging for the title.
“We don’t know exactly what the problem is,” Cazorla told the Daily Mail. “It’s true that we’re inconsistent.
“I believe that, to challenge for the Premier League, these games can’t get away from us.
“Take the Fulham game, we were 2-0 up. You can’t then be drawing within five minutes. Those points aren’t coming back.
“And the other day, against Aston Villa, there’s a game which I believe we really had the desire to win, because these are points that we can’t let get away.
“Then you see City, (Manchester) United winning on those days. That’s the difference. To fight for the title, it’s about taking points from those teams.
“It’s a little bit frustrating. We’re a good team, good players, training well but there are moments in those games when we don’t know how to control them.
“There’s a significant gap between us and United and City. They’ve got away a bit. We have very little margin for error.”