Arsene Wenger accepts that his side lack consistency and quality from set pieces despite Robin van Persie nailing a winning strike from a free-kick in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Sunderland.
The Frenchman watched on aghast during the second half as Mikel Arteta, Andre Santos and Theo Walcott each, in the space of five minutes, casually stroked the ball forty yards over Simon Mignolet’s goal despite tension rising at the 1-1 scoreline.
Indeed, so poor were the efforts that it appeared at one point that the Emirates faithful were only one peep of Howard Webb’s whistle from watching Wojciech Szczesny take a pop shot at row Z.
Looking back at the situation after the match, Wenger confirmed that work needs to be done on the training ground to make the most of dangerous situations in and around the penalty box.
“We didn’t make enough of our free-kicks, that’s an area that we can improve.
“If you consider the number of free-kicks we had today in interesting zones and the corners we had in offensive positions I feel we have to make more of our set-pieces.”
Arsenal’s ineffectiveness from dead ball situations has long been a sore point for supporters. Until Sunday, the Gunners had only scored one goal direct from a free-kick since a deflected effort from Van Persie against Birmingham City on New Year’s Day.
And then there’s corners…don’t get Arseblog News started on corners…