Aaron Ramsey admits injury problems took their toll on his instinctiveness in the penalty box leading to a goal drought that stretched 15 games between August and December.
The Welsh international was prolific last year netting 16 times, including the winner in the FA Cup final, but has only hit the back of the net eight times this season, including just three goals between September and March.
Reflecting on his comparatively meek contribution to the Gunners’ overall tally of 95 goals, the 24-year-old drew attention to the effects of fatigue on his decision making.
“That [forcing the issue] was probably what I was guilty of at the beginning of the season where I got off to a good start and then the goals dried up a bit,” the 24-year-old told Arsenal Player.
“Then I started focusing too much on how to score, putting too much power on the ball when I should have just let it happen naturally. It’s nice when you don’t really think about it too much and just do it.
“Throughout this season I’ve had injuries and it’s taken me a couple of games to get back into it. With my style of play, I like to get up and down the pitch, that’s why it takes me a couple of games to get back into it, to get my fitness up again.
“When I’ve been out for that period of time and getting back into it, it’s quite challenging for me physically and that tires you out in certain things like your decision-making. It’s important for me to get a couple of games in so that I feel I’m ready to go then.”
The Welshmane’s lack of goals is something Wenger touched on the other day. “I expected Aaron Ramsey to be in there as well with 10 or 15,” he noted after the win against Liverpool.
“We need another player who gets 10 or 15 goals but we have a good mentality and good cohesion in the team.”
Luckily for the boss the rest of the squad have been eager to help fill the void. In addition to the Welshman, 14 other players have scored for the first team in the Premier League; more than any other club.
In fact, of those first team players to feature more than ten times in all competitions (keepers aside) only Francis Coquelin has failed to find the net.