By Giuseppe Muro
Tomas Rosicky wants Arsenal to transfer their clinical nature in front of goal to the Premier League after scoring 14 goals in three Champions League games.
The Czech came off the bench to set up Jack Wilshere for Arsenal’s fourth in a 5-1 win against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night and how Arsène Wenger’s side could have done with the same cutting edge when they lost 2-0 at Chelsea at the start of the month.
The Gunners learned a harsh lesson at Stamford Bridge and Rosicky admits his team can’t afford to waste as many chances when they return to Premier League action at Manchester City this weekend.
“[Taking our chances] is what we were missing, for example, against Chelsea,” said Rosicky. “If Chelsea have one chance, they kill you immediately, so I’m happy we are capable of doing that as well.
“That’s the difference. If Chelsea get a chance, they score. We had three chances and we didn’t take them [at Stamford Bridge], so it’s about being productive and I’m happy that we showed we could against Shakhtar. But it’s about showing it in the Premier League as well.
“Shakhtar was a kind of game when we were clinical in front of the goal. We were very productive today. Almost every chance we got, we scored.
“What we started here, we need to stick to that. There’s no point in changing something. Look at how many chances we got at Chelsea.”
When asked why Arsenal haven’t replicated their free-scoring form domestically, Rosicky admitted it is a mystery to him.
“That’s a good question. I cannot answer it. It’s difficult to say and I think we will know the answer on Sunday if we are capable of doing it in the Premier League.”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 20 Oct 2010