The depth of the Arsenal squad has long been a talking point, as has Arsène Wenger’s reluctance to look to his bench before it’s too late.
Maybe the French manager has learned how to use his bench though, and it could give Arsenal the edge as the season goes on. Sunday afternoon’s goals both came courtesy of the bench, with Theo Walcott and then Danny Welbeck beating Kasper Schmeichel late on.
Those two strikes made it six goals from subs in the Premier League this season for Arsenal, more than any of their title rivals.
PL subs this season (goals by subs):
Man City 75 (4)
Leicester 74 (3)
Spurs 72 (4)
Arsenal 72 (6) pic.twitter.com/e4TrKYVEf6
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Sunday’s strikes earned us three points and stole three from Leicester, while Kieran Gibbs also came off the bench to win us a point against Tottenham in November. A total of four points earned, all from teams around us, show an incredible use of the bench. As the season goes on, crucial goals netted thanks to fresh legs may well decide who claims the title.
Olivier Giroud has come off the bench to score three times, though none of those efforts earned Arsenal any points. Still, his ability from the bench could come in handy with other attacking options available once again.