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Should Arsenal fans worry about their misfiring attack?

Posted on August 25, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s attacking display in last night’s 0-0 draw was not what is expected of the high-profile and expensively assembled forward line. While ‘keeper Petr Cech bailed out the makeshift backline, the Gunners attack failed to find a way past a stubborn Liverpool defence.


Arsene Wenger’s side have now failed to score in five out of their last six Premier League games on home soil, which a worrying statistic for a team who were considered by some as genuine title contenders this season.

Football is a simple game, you just have to have to score more goals than your opponents and the stark reality is that Arsenal are struggling to find the net on home soil.


The Gunners have quality in abundance when it comes to attacking players. The likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are world-class on their day, but recently those days have been few and far between at the Emirates Stadium.

Everybody has been waiting to Ozil to hit top form and it is difficult know if he ever will find his best form in north London. He tends to have a few good games then disappears in the next few games. He still has much to prove to the Arsenal fans.

Most pundits have talked about Alexis Sanchez’s potential impact, but maybe the edge has been taken off his game by a slight lack of match fitness. We all know that he started his pre-season late, so that could be why he does not quite look at his sharpest.

When he is at his sharpest he will cause any defence problems, but he did not look at his best in last night’s game.


Last night’s game will again raise the question of whether the Gunners need to sign another striker before the transfer deadline. Perennial Arsenal target Karim Benzema has taken to Twitter to declare the fact that Madrid is his home, so any flickering hope of a deal for him looks to be extinguished.

Olivier Giroud cannot be blamed for last night’s blank scoresheet. It was not like he missed a host of golden opportunities. The likes of Ozil and the other attacking midfielders have to produce better performances at home.


Arsenal are now odds of 11/2 to win the Premier League title this season. However this season looks set to be a typical Arsenal campaign, where the Gunners endure a difficult period and find form at some stage, but it will be too little too late to win the title.

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3 to “Should Arsenal fans worry about their misfiring attack?”

  1. David Adong. uganda says:

    David Nugent, thanks for your post on Arsenal miss firing attack. You have tried to give a fair analysis of our attack but the point you have missed is the fact that Giroud can not lead Arsenal attack if we are to get goals at the front. You seem to be pointing your blame to wrong people instead of being to the point that Giroud has failed. In fact, it will be very wrong for you to blame Mesut Ozil, Alexis who to me have in subsequent time put up very good games for us much as Giroud has failed to take advantage of the passe this attackers bring to the game. You should know that with Giroud upfront, our striking is very predictable and easy to control by the opponents.
    1. Giroud will always look for the oponent to lean on so as to receive the ball from his colleagues instead of fining free space to receive the ball.
    2. Giroud will always face back wards and can not turn with the ball to face the opponents goal.
    3. Giroud will always prefer to give a pass back and back..and can not play an offensive game where he can dribble and offend defenders…..he can only strike where there is confusion.
    4. Giroud will lose the ball and will want to show the whole stadium that he has lost the ball by either bringing his tongue out, boxing the ground or acting in a way that the Camera gets him. (Wasting time instead of following the opponent to intercept the ball).
    5. Giroud does not position him self well. He is timid and not shifty.

    Having said this, Giroud will only score after missing very many chances and his promoters will want to portray that his good. Learn to accept the truth. Giroud is not a top striker we can rely on.

    With Giroud, Arsenal will NEVER be contenders of English Premiership. We need a prolific striker to push us forward.

  2. OPTIMIST habila says:

    I have always stood for Wenger, but now it’s clearer he’s the problem of Arsenal. There are no quality players to buy, but the same non quality players the like of Liverpool and Swansea buy and beat you with, and Chelsea and City use to win the league with. How can Morinho and Vanfree gaal get the players at the same price we know Arsenal can afford today? This simply shows Arsene is the one lacking in quality. Let him make way for a quality coach who can buy Arsenal the type of players Wenger has been searching for over a decade without good news to the fans.

  3. Som Sinha says:

    I think the one main reason you haven’t pointed out is Aaron Ramsey’s position. He doesn’t seem to have a settled position in the Arsenal lineup which doesn’t help him at all. Lately, Wenger has tried to put him on the right as a winger, but to put it simply, Ramsey is not a winger, he is a Central Attacking Midfielder. So, if Wenger wants to play Ramsey, he has to put him in the middle and a specialist winger like Alex Oxlade – Chamberlain should be playing on the right. To answer your question, yes we do need to worry about our Attack misfiring.

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