Arsene Wenger has dismissed growing fears over his Arsenal side’s profligacy after they missed plenty of chances in a 2-0 victory over Stoke.
Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud were the scorers for Arsenal, but questions remain over the suitability of both as leading strikers for a Premier League title contender.
Wenger has defended his club’s transfer business despite signing no outfield player this summer, with the Frenchman insisting the required quality is not in the current market.
Arsenal missed a number of chances at the Emirates, recording 29 shots against Stoke, of which 12 tested keeper Jack Butland.
Wenger has reiterated that his current side are capable of correcting their poor form in front of goal, which has seen them score just five times in as many Premier League games this season.
Speaking after the 2-0 victory, Wenger told reporters: “We had to wait to make sure of our victory but I thought our performance was convincing. In the first half our movement was outstanding and we created a lot.
“In the second half our pace dropped maybe a little bit in our passing but we continuously created chances and overall it was a strong performance.
“We created chances from the first to the last minute. We have stabilised our defensive record. This is good for our future.
“My only regret is that there is too big a difference between the number of chances we made and the number of goals we scored but that will come.
“Theo Walcott scored a great goal. It required technical ability to finish. He can become a prolific goalscorer.
Wenger reserved particular praise for his defence, with Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel forming a strong partnership in the centre in the absence of Per Mertesacker.
“Koscielny and Coquelin were outstanding. Gabriel had a very good game as well,” the boss added.