Arsenal are preparing to face Man United at Old Trafford this afternoon, and despite not having won a League game there for ten years Arsenal are surprisingly hot favourites! But let’s be honest here, we are not going to beat anyone if we don’t start scoring goals. Giroud hasn’t scored in 8 games, Sanchez has scored in 3 games out of his last 22. Welbeck scored once against Leicester but has hardly played two hours of football this year, and Walcott finally got back on the scoresheet in the same game (his 4th this season)
Are we worried? Of course we are worried! Here on JustArsenal we hardly talk about anything else! Wenger has also admitted he is worried. He said: “Its going through my head at the moment, because I agree with you that our goals have dried up seriously”
“In the last six or seven games we have struggled to score and there are many aspects that I analyse at the moment”
Yes Wenger, seriously is a good word for it. I wonder if he has analyzed it enough to make some big changes for today’s crucial match, or he is going to stick with Olivier Giroud and hope his luck changes. The French striker was also asked by Sky if he was personally worried about the barren run. He replied: “As a striker, it is all about momentum. I did well until mid-January, but it has been one-and-a-half months since I last scored.
“I try to help the team to set up the game and assist my team-mates, which I am pleased about, but obviously as a striker I want to score.
“But I am not worried about that. I work for the team and when I have the opportunity to put it in the net I will do it with determination, and hopefully this weekend.”
“It’s the game. When you are a striker and you score, you are at the top and on the front page. If you do not score you are also maybe on the front page in a bad way because you did not succeed to help the team win.
“But it is a game and I have known this for a few years. I am OK with that and deal with it every single week. I know what I have to do on the pitch.”
Olivier Giroud’s longest run of not scoring for Arsenal is 8 games. If he draws another blank against Man United it will become 9. That is one record none of us want to see broken.Mind you if he provides 3 assists Iwon’t complain too much….