Arsenal are going through a mini goal drought at the moment having gone three games without a goal from anywhere. There has been much criticism of our strikers for being so wayward, but Arsene Wenger is trying to deflect criticism from his front men by declaring that there are many factors involved, and one of them is because we are missing Santi Cazorla from our midfield. “Look, it’s not definite,” Le Prof said.
“It is frustrating because we had some periods where we scored for fun and we have dried out recently so we have to correct that.
“Sometimes you have to go through spells like that. Sometimes when we win games we shoot three times at the goal and score three goals. [Against Southampton] we had all the chances – we must just continue to create them.
“Our style is offensive, to go forward and maybe we lost a little bit of our quality in the build-up over the longer period by losing people like Cazorla who are providers. We had to redress that.
“Goals are not only down to the strikers – it’s down to the quality of the way you create goal chances and the quality of the chances you create.”
Arsenal are only five points behind the leaders and that could all change after Leicester play Man City, but Wenger just wants to concentrate on getting back to scoring goals from within the Arsenal side. “There are 14 games to go and that match will not decide it,” he continued. “What is more important for us is to come back with a winning habit. We have lost only once [recently], and with 10 men – people forget that.
“So there are positives and negatives recently, but I think we were a bit unlucky in the last two home games.”
Personally I am not sure about the Cazorla bit, as we created an amazing 22 chances against Southampton, so there are still providers on the pitch, no less than our King of Assists Mesut Ozil. Perhaps he is saying that Ramsey can’t produce the same quality as Santi? Anyway, we have got the chances, it’s the finishing that IS the problem, Arsene.
Sort it out!