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We lack cutting edge, moans Arteta

Mikel Arteta accepts Everton's lack of "end product" has cost them dearly so far this season and they need a prolific striker if they are to break into the Premier League top four.

Everton have won just five of their 21 league matches, scoring 23 goals in the process. There have been numerous occasions when David Moyes' side have dominated matches but failed to finish off their opponents, and Arteta accepts it is a stumbling block which needs to be overcome.

"I think we had some really good games without any end product. That is the biggest criticism we could have," the Spanish midfielder said. "Not getting the points and not closing the games when we have had the chance makes it a harder season."