By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger has called for patience over his new signings, citing the slow starts of legendary pair Thierry Henry and Robert Pires.

Henry failed to score in his first eight games before blossoming into one of the Club’s finest-ever players, while Pires did not display his best form until his second season.

Arsenal’s failure to score in their opening two league matches has put pressure on new signings Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski, but Wenger says the pair need time to find their feet.

“At the moment I do not want to put too much pressure on them,” said the Frenchman. “I remember Thierry Henry arrived here and did not play before November, Robert Pires arrived here and for a few months was not an automatic starter.

“So you have to give players who have come in a bit of time to adapt to the league and continue to try to play well as a team.”

Wenger is confident his team will soon be back among the goals and says Sunday’s trip to Anfield provides his side with the perfect test.

“We are used to scoring goals, so we cannot say it is not a concern when we don't score,” he said. “On the other hand, at the moment we have not scored, but we know we can.

“We have also not conceded, so 50 per cent is alright and 50 per cent we want to improve.

“I believe that it is a big test for us but we played against two teams who restricted us to few chances and you have to give credit to them. They defended very well but on the other hand they didn't try to give us too many offensive problems.

“That is why Liverpool is a good test, because it is a team who will defend well and attack well.”

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30 Aug 2012