Arsene Wenger rates his current attack of Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck as the best he has ever had at Arsenal.
After Walcott and Welbeck shared five goals between them at Southampton, with Giroud and Sanchez not needed, Wenger lavished his attacking unit with praise.
Arsenal have scored league goals at an average of 2.27 per game this season, only fractionally lower than their average of 2.28 in 2004/05, when they scored 87 goals in 38 league games. That is their highest total in the Premier League era.
“I think certainly numbers wise and quality wise, this is the best attacking unit,” Wenger said.
“We had never so many players who could perform and score goals – certainly never.
“Bergkamp, Henry… and Van Persie behind them. Wiltord, Pires, it was not bad. They had the quality, but we have the large number.
“How I do manage them? That is a good question and I don’t know in fact. It is about making the decision for the next game that you think is the right one.
“Sometimes you consider the problem you face, sometimes you consider the fitness of the players, the fact that for example they have played three day before, have they recovered or not.
“You just try to be honest in your decision and keep everybody on board.”