After the departure of last season’s highest goalscorer Robin Van Persie to Manchester United, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants more goals to be shared around his squad.
Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Gervinho played up front in Arsenal’s goalless draw against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium and despite a strong performance in midfield, they lacked a vital cutting edge in front of goal. Wenger’s side also battled out a 0-0 draw with Sunderland on the opening day of the Premier League season. Having not scored in their opening two Premier League fixtures following the departure of Dutch striker Van Persie, Wenger remains confident his side will adapt and spread the goalscoring duties.
Talking to Sky Sports, the Frenchman declared his solution to the issues his side face in front of goal:
“We have to find a way to get around that by sharing more of the goals than we did before with Van Persie. Giroud scored 20 (last season), Podolski scored 20. We will get some goals I’m convinced from (Abou) Diaby, (Aaron) Ramsey, (Theo) Walcott, Gervinho, so we have of course to share it around a bit.”
Wenger also threw his support behind French striker Giroud, who made his first start against Stoke, and played down what he called a lack of “understanding” between his front men. Wenger said about the lack of goals,”I think Giroud has not to think he has to replace Van Persie with the number of goals he has to score. We want to play well as a team and if you play well as a team you score goals.”