Santi Cazorla says Arsenal must adapt their game in Premier League and sometimes place results above performances to be successful.
The Gunners were top of the table over Christmas but slipped out of the title race in the second half of the campaign in typical fashion.
Cazorla says the criticism that has come their way in the past few months is to be expected and acknowledges that “something needs to change” in order for them to be able to compete for the top prize again.
Cazorla told Sky Sports: “Certainly we need to change something, because if we want to win we need to change. We will see what we have to do, but I think we need to be more regular, regulars every time.
“This year we lost at home to Swansea, drew at home to Crystal Palace, and this is the difference if you want to win the league. For example against Crystal Palace when we were winning 1-0, we need to think about defending sometimes.
“It’s true we have a great mentality and great philosophy, because we always want to attack and always want to score, but sometimes we need to be clever, and if we are winning 1-0 we need to protect this result and win the three points.”
He added: “We had a great opportunity [to win the title], we know that and we were disappointed. But this is football, and we only look to the future.”