Wenger blames goal struggle on team, not forwards

Date published: Saturday 12th March 2016 11:55

Arsene Wenger has blamed the whole Arsenal team for the club’s struggle to score goals, not their strikers.

Arsenal thrashed Hull City 4-0 in an FA Cup fifth-round replay earlier in the week, but had scored just 11 goals in their previous 11 games beforehand.

Olivier Giroud scored twice against Championship Hull, his first goals in 11 games dating back to January.

Alexis Sanchez scored in the north London derby draw with Tottenham last weekend, but has just two goals in ten games.

As well as Giroud, Theo Walcott scored twice against Hull, meaning he has now scored four goals in his last 24 games.

While Wenger admits that he has spoken to his attacking players about their goals drying up, the Frenchman was keen to stress it is more of a team effort – creating the sort of chances the likes of Giroud, Walcott, Sanchez and the fit-again Danny Welbeck can tuck away.

“We speak about it but the best way to speak about it, to sort it out is to play better collectively,” he added.

“When the quality of the cross, the quality of the final ball is better it is easier to score and sometimes what you forget when you get in the final third, you have 0.1 to 0.2 seconds to make the right decision.

“And when you have a little hesitation, just a fraction short – in midfield you have 1-2 seconds to make a decision sometimes – when it gets there, just to be very quick and very decisive, decisiveness can go when you are not successful for a while.”

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