Wenger backs existing strikers to improve Arsenal

Date published: Sunday 14th August 2016 10:31

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Arsene Wenger says that Arsenal must be more clinical in front of goal if they are to succeed this season.

Arsenal were the lowest scorers in last season’s top four as they finished a distant second to surprise Premier League champions Leicester.

Their total of 65 goals means it was also their most barren season in front of goal in nine years, with only Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez scoring more than five in the league.

It was widely anticipated that Wenger would sign a proven striker during the summer transfer window but a move for Leicester striker Jamie Vardy fell through.

That means 21-year-old Japan international Takuma Asano is so far the only forward to move to the Emirates Stadium.

Yet Wenger believes that his existing strikers will improve enough.

“Yes. That’s one of the domains where last year we were not the most efficient,” Wenger said.

“We were the highest team in expected chances created. We were the highest team in quality of chances created in the final third.”

“We have Sanchez, we have Walcott, we’re not at our level in the finishing qualities and I think that where we want to improve,” he replied when asked if he needed another striker to complement Giroud.

“Our finishing last year was of a worse quality than the year before and we had the same players. That means that it’s a bit cyclical.

“I think it’s linked with the fact that we had some players out for a long period last season and hopefully we will have everybody available for much longer this season.”

And here’s Wenger in May, saying Arsenal need a striker:

“Will I sign a striker? That’s a good question.

“We need to think about that. If a player is out for nine months you have to consider that it is for the season. So we will be short of strikers.”

Remember this when Arsenal are struggling to finish their chances.

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