Arsene Wenger offers negative assessment of attacking players

Goal scoring struggles

Arsene Wenger has made it clear he thinks his Arsenal side are letting too many chances go to waste – and that they need to be doing more in front of goal.

The Gunners are of course fighting for the top four, and after a narrow win, Wenger noted that while he was happy with the three points, he wanted it to be far more comfortable for his side, and thinks that they need to be doing more in terms of converting the many chances they create in front of goal.

“I would say we had plenty of chances we didn’t take,” Wenger said. “You could feel that sometimes we wanted to force a little bit the decision. The fact that we didn’t score recently from the chances we had played a little bit on our mind. 

“I would have loved it to have been a bit more comfortable on the scoreline but what was really important was to get the three points. We had a serious game, you could see we’d played three in six days. The third is a bit more difficult physically.

“We are an offensive team. We had plenty, plenty of chances but as long as it’s 1-0 you know there comes a moment in the game where you come under a threat. That’s how it is in the Premier League. Look around, Chelsea played at home against Southampton and they won 1-0. We are the only team that played Sunday-Wednesday-Saturday.

“It was down to the finishing [that Arsenal only scored one]. The quality of the chances was quite good.”

Ozil to United

One issue for Wenger in terms of Arsenal’s attacking form is Alexis Sanchez, who has of course seen his form drop off dramatically after Arsenal refused to sell him in the summer, and the star man over the last few seasons isn’t contributing as much as they may have expected – leading to many people suggesting selling him in the summer would have been a better idea for the Gunners.

Alexis aside, Mesut Ozil is the other player who has been linked with the exit, and it looks like he’s trying his hardest to attract other clubs, with a brilliant goal on the weekend showing exactly what he can do when he puts his mind to it – but the links with Manchester United will infuriate the Gunners, and Wenger has already made it clear he wants to keep the duo and will let them leave in the summer rather than allowing them to go for January at a cut price.

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