Arsenal clung to a one-goal lead to beat Newcastle at the Emirates today, and the manager insists that his side should have scored more goals. The Magpies lost 1-0 today after the long trip south to London, and it looked fearfully like they were going to level up the scores in the latter moments of the match, but thankfully we clung on to win.
Manager Arsene Wenger insists that while we did deserve to walk away with all three points, we need to be taking our chances better.
Wenger said: “We have created the chances to be comfortable and in the last five minutes we became a bit edgy.
“We didn’t make a mistake at the back, you could see that necessity to win was playing a bit on the mind of our players in the end and the fact as well that we could not take our chances, you try to force it too much and to not play with enough freedom.
“[The goal] was a gem to watch. I’m happy for Mesut because that’s what you want from him and he took it with decisiveness. It was a fantastic goal.”
Our forwards need to be doing better in front of goal, and Alexis Sanchez especially is one who should be scoring more from the positions he is finding himself in.
There is sections who are calling for the Chilean to be dropped from the starting XI, but you could argue that another player may not be able to earn as many chances in front of goal.
There will no doubt be plenty of rotation over the busy festive period, and hopefully we will find our forwards rectifying their composure in front of goal.
Which player/s are holding us back? Could Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck be the answer to our problems?