Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart insists his side must improve on their recent performances when they take on title rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Monday.
The Citizens have won four of their last five matches in all competitions, but they were unconvincing as they snatched a last-minute winner against Swansea at the Etihad Stadium last weekend.
Goalkeeper Hart knows his side will have to perform to a much higher level when they travel to North London and he has called for his team to start putting in more consistent displays.
He said: “We need to be a million per cent better against Arsenal. We need to step up. We can be awesome when we want to be, so we need to be more consistent, that’s what we’re looking for.”
The England international refused to put their lacklustre showing against the Swans down to fatigue after a Champions League game in the build-up and he insists they cannot use that as an excuse when they take on one of their title rivals.
He added: “We used that excuse last week, so we can’t use it again this week. We probably were [tired against Swansea] but it’s not an excuse I’ll use. I refuse to use that.”
The 28-year-old knows his side cannot afford a sustained slump in form, as he does not want them to undo all the hard work they have put in over the opening months of the campaign.
He continued: “We have to get our heads together and start playing properly again. We’re [near the] top of the league, we went through in the Champions League as group winners and in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup.”
City are available at 3.00 to secure a victory on Monday night, whilst the Gunners are on offer at 2.38 and the draw is best priced at 3.40.