Happy to welcome Aaron Ramsey back into the fold, Arsene Wenger couldn’t help but admit that a raft of injuries have taken a toll on Arsenal’s potency in the final third in recent weeks.
The Gunners have scored only 19 goals in 13 Premier League games since the turn of the year with absences to Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere taking a toll on creativity in and around the box.
Speaking to press ahead of Sunday’s crunch game with Everton at Goodison Park, the boss analysed the cost of so many first team players suffering fitness problems at the same time.
“It’s not one injury that has an impact on a squad like ours. It’s the combined injuries of a few players in the same area who can create and score goals,” he said.
“That has an impact. At the same time we had Walcott, Wilshere, Ramsey and Ozil out, so you cannot say that you have exactly the same creativity and the same goalscoring opportunities we had before.”
Confirming that Ramsey, who remains the club’s second top scorer despite not playing since Boxing Day, the boss explained that the Welsh midfielder won’t necessarily be firing on all cylinders straight away but still represents a goal scoring threat.
“[When you’re out for] three months, then it takes two or three weeks. He has worked very hard for a while in training now. What he lacks is competition.
“He’s an all-round midfielder who can score goals and always drives the team forward. He’s a real box-to-box player so it’s good to have him back.
“It’s an area where we are short because we have many midfielders out. We have Wilshere and Ozil out in this area, so of course it’s good to have him back.”