By Nik Brumsack

Andre Santos says it is essential that Arsenal share the responsibility for goals this season.

A solid start to the season has already seen no fewer than 10 members of the first-team squad find the net in all competitions.

"It is very important that a team has goals from different players,” Santos told Arsenal Player.

“Sometimes to depend on only one player is very difficult and puts a lot of pressure on him, so it's important to have the collective responsibility, which we have here at Arsenal.

“It's important that the team relies on every player to help in every aspect, to mark, to create chances and even to score goals.

“The Champions League is a tough competition and we have to share these responsibilities, and that's what we’re doing at Arsenal."

Forwards Gervinho and Lukas Podolski have been in fine form of late, contributing five and four goals respectively - and Santos has been impressed with their impact.

"Lukas Podolski and Gervinho are both playing very well at the moment,” Santos said. “Gervinho is playing in a different position and that allows him to have freedom and score lots of goals.

“But not only Podolski and Gervinho are doing well - the defenders are looking very strong too.

“We have the choice [of] Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Koscielny and Djourou in the middle and we also have Cazorla with the great abilities he has brought to the team.

“We have a strong squad both going forward and in defence and we're all excited about this season."

Arsenal's positive start extends to the Champions League group and Santos is confident his team can compete for the trophy this season.

“The earlier we qualify in the group stage, the better - and this will boost our confidence for the knockout stages,” he said.

“We are in a very strong position with the good start, but we are not qualified yet. We have to play a very strong team in Schalke twice yet, so we have to keep focused.

“But if we play to our potential, we are confident we can challenge for the trophy this year."

Watch the full interview with Andre on Arsenal Player.

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23 Oct 2012