Ian Wright has called on Arsenal’s midfielders to contribute more goals to the team as Emile Smith Rowe starts to add goals to his game.
“You could see how disappointed [the fans were] when he hit the post just a couple of minutes earlier.
“He’s somebody that he’s been shooting from some crazy places, so he was desperate to get his goal. I’m quite pleased that he finally got it.
“I would like to see him getting more goals because Arsenal are going to need more goals from the midfield.
“We’re seeing with Emile Smith Rowe, we’re seeing with Saka, there is going to need to be more goals than just the dependency on Aubameyang.”
Just Arsenal opinion
Relying on our attackers alone for goals is not working for Arsenal and Wright is right to ask the midfielders to step up.
The ideal situation is that Arsenal wins every single match they play and the strikers rack the goals up but we are not in an ideal situation.
One of the side effects of relying purely on the attackers is that the opponents will have done their homework on them and neutralised them, which has been happening far too often.
At other times, the striker may be having an off-day.
In either of these situations, the team needs to win and that is where the midfielders’ goals come in.
The defenders could also chip in with goals, especially from setpieces, and this would help the team make progress together.
Thomas Partey was in fine goal-scoring form for his country in the last international break and could add more goals to Arsenal’s game from midfield as well.