By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger believes Arsenal’s ‘shared responsibility’ for goals will hold them in good stead this season.
You don’t have to go back too far to the days when Thierry Henry – or even Ian Wright – dominated the scoring charts and contended for Golden Boots. But things are very different now.
Arsenal have netted 21 times in seven matches this season with 12 different players getting on the score sheet. The breakdown of those 21 goals is instructive: the strikers are responsible for no more than a third of them while the centre-back pairing of William Gallas and Thomas Vermaelen has contributed five.
Wenger is perfectly happy for that trend to continue and offered an explanation for Arsenal’s spread of goalscorers when he faced the media on Friday.
“I think the fact that we dominate the games and we play high up the pitch gives the opportunities for everyone to score,” said the manager.
“We look as well to be strong on set-pieces and that's why I expect us to score many goals but that might be shared more than in previous years.
“For example we scored three goals at Standard Liege on Wednesday night and, if you look at the strike-force that was out of our team, we can be very optimistic.”Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 18 Sep 2009