After three Premier League games, Arsenal have had more shots than anyone else in England’s top flight.
Despite that, the Gunners have scored just twice – no side has scored fewer times. Nonetheless, Arsène Wenger isn’t concerned about his team’s ability to finish.
“Maybe we are not firing on all cylinders at the moment,” Wenger admitted on Thursday.
“By definition, the finishing is a little bit cyclical and it goes in cycles. Finishing qualities come and go and you do not always know why, but certainly at the moment we want it so much at home that we’re trying to force it a little bit.
“It doesn’t look natural enough in our finishing qualities because we want to force the situation a little too much.”
If the manager thinks that’s an issue being forced by the pressures of playing at home, perhaps an away trip is what’s needed.
Both Arsenal goals so far this season came in the away win over Crystal Palace, and Wenger is hoping that St. James’ Park continues the trend of good away wins.
“Our results away from home, with goalscoring opportunities and our finishing percentage has been higher recently,” Wenger said.
“Teams come and defend very deep at our home, so as long as we have not scored the first goal it is maybe more difficult to open up the defences and in the recent two games that is what happened to us.”
That shouldn’t be a problem with a strong home support beckoning Newcastle forward on Saturday. With any luck , Arsenal will add to the two goals scored at Selhurst Park to claim all three points from another away game.