By Rob Kelly

Arsène Wenger admits that the type of centre forward he selects in each game will dictate the team’s attacking approach.

The Gunners are unbeaten so far this season and have already used Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Gervinho in the main striking role.

Wenger is pleased with the number of options he has at his disposal, and says it is crucial to have this type of variety over the course of a long season.

“Up front affects the [whole] team,” he told Arsenal Player. “Whether you have a more mobile player or a more [physical] player affects the passing of the team.

“We can be efficient with both styles, I even think we can combine the two which I try to do in some games. It is good, you cannot play a season with one striker.

“We have many strikers. Walcott can play through the middle as well, so we have good options that we will try through the season.

“The season is very long, we have only played five games now [in the Premier League] so we will have the chance to test all of the solutions.”

At this point last season, Arsenal had only scored seven goals in their first seven games, compared to 17 this time around, and Wenger believes this bodes well.

“We had a difficult start on that front because we played Sunderland and Stoke and couldn't score,” he said. “After that when we started to score, you felt in every game we had the chances to score.

“For us it is more about converting the chances we have into goals. Our conversion rate from goal chance into goals is very important.

“In big games the number of chances is reduced so it is important to put them into the net.”

Watch the full interview with the boss on Arsenal Player now.

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28 Sep 2012