Wenger warns Arsenal of need to improve

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Arsene Wenger has warned his Arsenal players there is still plenty of room for improvement despite their latest win over Everton on Sunday.

The Gunners maintained their momentum from Tuesday night’s Champions League defeat of Bayern Munich with a 2-1 win over Everton.

Goals from France forward Olivier Giroud – his third in as many appearances – and centre-back Laurent Koscielny within two minutes of each other in the first half looked to have set Arsenal on their way towards a routine victory.

However, after a deflected strike off defender Gabriel from Ross Barkley’s 20-yard effort reduced the deficit just before the break, it proved anything but.

Wenger knows there is plenty more hard graft ahead, with a trip to Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup coming up in midweek.

He said: “Let’s continue to work together and continue to improve.

“There are still many aspects to our game which we can improve and therefore let’s not focus too much on the position and try to be a better team.

“We need to keep the togetherness, the concentration, the humility and try to play better football game by game and try to focus on that in training as well.”

Wenger was able to leave Theo Walcott on the bench, with Giroud providing just as effective in attack.

The France international believes both players can prove vital as the campaign unfolds.

“I try to bring something else to the team. We have a different profile with Theo, and a good understanding with each of us up front, so it is okay,” said Giroud.

“Before, Theo was in good form and now it is me, so we need to both contribute to the big matches.”

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