Emirates star admits deficiencies but knows it can be put right.
Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna admits his side are ‘too nice’ and need to toughen up to win the Premier League.
The 28-year-old feels his team’s soft-centre was exposed by Stoke City in 3-1 defeat at the Britannia Stadium which killed off any chances of the Gunners winning a first trophy in six years.
Arsenal once again conceded from set-pieces and displayed a shaky defence as Kenwyne Jones, Jermaine Pennant and Jon Walters took advantage.
Sagna believes Arsene Wenger’s team need a killer instinct but remains hopeful this can be put right, while insisting this season was not a failure.
“We are too nice,” Sanga told the club’s website. “We have to fight a bit more. We have to push them as much as they push us and be a bit more killer.
“We are not defending as well as we have to and against big players like Stoke have, it is very difficult.
“We have to put in performances week after week and fight even more.
“We didn’t give enough. We didn’t play as we can and that is what happens when you don’t give the maximum – you get beaten everywhere.”
“It can be put right on the training ground because it is in our mind,” he added. “We know we are very good players, but sometimes we have to fight a bit more.”
“Many would like to be in the Champions League but it is not enough, certainly, but the season has not been for nothing.
“It could have been a lot more, but you can see it is the toughest league in the world and we were very close, but we have to add what we miss.”