After the 6-0 win over Ludogorets last night, Arsene Wenger was asked why it was Arsenal seemed to be more efficient in front of goal this season.
After 12 games the Gunners are averaging 2.6 goals per game, at the same point in the last campaign it was 1.5, and the Arsenal manager feels there are a number of factors behind the improvement.
“The confidence is high, we have a good balance at the moment in the team and maybe it’s because we’ve been making more of our chances,” he said.
“The final ball is better. Is that because our finishing is better? It’s difficult to analyse at the moment, but what is for sure is that we score more goals. We score lots of goals.
“That’s what our game is about. We have a risky game and therefore it’s important that we take our chances.”
The Frenchman had praise again for Mesut Ozil, after the German nabbed the first hat-trick of his professional career, and brought his season tally to 6 so far.
“He looks like he’s got a taste to score goals because he runs in behind more,” he continued.
“Before, he only liked coming to the ball and providing, but we want him to be a provider and a scorer. It looks like he’s slowly moving towards that better balance.”
This new system which often sees him as the furthest man forward is clearly playing a part too. Long may it last.