Mikel Arteta is confident that Arsenal’s two new strikers will find goals for the team, but says they need to time to settle into the team and to adjust to English football.
Both Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud have failed to score in the two games this season, but while Arsenal as a team are firing blanks, Arteta thinks they’ll come good.
We just need to give them time,” he said. “It’s been two games. Olivier has started one game. It’s not fair on him. It could all change for him, just like that.
“Last week, Olivier had a massive chance to win the game and he would have been the hero. Against Stoke, Lukas had a chance. He looked good on the left on Sunday, cutting in and causing problems. He had a couple of chances.”
Of course headlines suggest that van Persie’s departure is the real reason for Arsenal’s goalscoring issue, although Arseblog News does remember games when, you know, he didn’t score, but Arteta says that comparisons between the two and the former captain are not relevant.
“You can’t replace Robin. To do so is impossible because he’s such a special player. Manchester United went for him at the age of 29, what does that say?
“It says there aren’t many bigger talents in the world. It doesn’t matter who is brought in for Robin. You can’t ask anyone to be as good as him.”
Fingers crossed they come good soon and perhaps with a freshly bolstered squad Anfield on Sunday would be the perfect place to start.