Hart slates City form ahead of Gunners clash

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has warned his teammates they will need to improve dramatically if they are to get a positive result against Arsenal.

City, currently third in the Premier League a point behind Arsenal, go into the game having won four of their last five games, but Hart feels their performances have not been as good as their results suggest.

"We need to be a million per cent better," he told Sky Sports. "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."

City narrowly beat Swansea City in their last league encounter, thanks to a deflected Yaya Toure shot deep into stoppage time. As Hart points out, it was not the first time City had to be bailed out late on.

"It's a shame it needs the dragon to be poked before we come out of the cage," he added.

"I'd say in four of the five games, we shouldn't have been in that position where we needed to win in the last minute, but it's nice that we've got that. We need to be seeing games out more and not relying on that.

"We have nine days before we play Arsenal and we have to use that time wisely. We have to get our heads together and start playing properly again," he concluded.