Arsene Wenger says he’s confident that Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott can score the bulk of the goals Arsenal need this season, with more coming from the midfielders.
In the absence of a major investment in the forward positions, the boss is looking for his team to share the goalscoring burden – suggesting this is more beneficial than being reliant on one man to be the main threat.
“We will have to spread the goals through the squad,” he said. “I think Giroud, Walcott and Alexis can get around 20 goals without any problem.
“Sometimes you have to trust your players and play them. Then they get there. People always want the absolute certainty that they will be absolutely successful. It is not like that.”
And speaking about the contribution from other players, he continued, “I would rather have Ramsey 15, Ozil 15, Cazorla 10.
“Otherwise, if you have only one player who scores, when he is injured you don’t know who will score.”
It does make sense on one level of course, but it’s hard to remember a season when Arsenal have had three 20 goal a season players, backed up with double figures from three midfielders.
Nonetheless, that’s pretty much what’s required if the team is to challenge for the title this season, so fingers crossed.