by Lewis Ambrose
Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has said that goals are the problem for his side.
The boss wants Arsenal to score more this season, but thinks he has enough firepower in his squad. Instead of chasing a new striker to add to his squad he wants the likes of Mesut Özil, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to add more goals to their game.
The latter is doing exactly that and followed up an Emirates Cup goal against Lyon with the winner in the FA Community Shield on Sunday as Arsenal won 1-0 against Chelsea.
Arsène Wenger told the media about his striking options after the game and insisted that he isn’t trying to add Karim Benzema to his side. Theo Walcott started at Wembley but that spot isn’t necessarily his to keep.
“It depends on the games,” Wenger said. “I tried to see the options I have through the season. I felt today that I wanted to use Theo’s pace to go in behind.”
That didn’t exactly work, with Chelsea defending deep and Walcott not ever able to actually run in behind to stretch them. However, by offering that threat he forced the Chelsea defence to stay deeper than they probably would have against Olivier Giroud and that only allowed Mesut Özil and Santi Cazorla more space to work their magic in.
“In the first half (Walcott) worked very hard, didn’t get too much service, but he worked very hard. In the second half when Giroud came on I think he gave us a physical presence that was needed at that time as well.”
So with two strikers who can offer very different things featuring on Sunday, what about another addition?
“No, nothing is happening,” Wenger said when Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema was brought up. The Frenchman has been heavily linked with a move to London but the Arsenal manager was adamant that he won’t be signing him. “Honestly no. I don’t know who brings that up. Is it Spanish media or English media? I don’t know.”
Walcott and Giroud are joined in the squad by Alexis Sánchez and Danny Welbeck, who were both unavailable for the game at Wembley. Really it is no shock to see Wenger backing those four players to provide Arsenal with enough options in the final third this season.