By Declan Taylor
Arsène Wenger is grateful for Tuesday’s almost-instant opportunity to solve his team’s goalscoring “problem”.
Before this season Emirates Stadium had never seen a goalless draw in the Premier League. But now, after Fulham’s spirited display on Saturday, the Gunners have three in a row.
In fact Arsenal have not registered a Premier League goal since Robin van Persie’s stoppage-time leveller at Goodison Park in January - over six hours of football ago.
Wenger admits that he has never encountered this problem in his 12 years at the helm, but welcomes Tuesday’s quick-fire opportunity to put things right.
“Yes Tuesday’s game does help,” he said speaking immediately after the game on Saturday. “We just need to keep the positives of what we do well and we’ll go into the next game and try to win it.
“That’s what is good in football; in three days, the story can be completely different.
“It is the first time that we are confronted with a problem like this because usually we conceded goals but we score. The best thing for me is to not to make too big a problem of it.”
The recent dry spell is certainly not for want of trying. Wenger threw caution to the wind against Fulham, who themselves had opportunities to win the game on the counter-attack.
“We played with Andrey Arshavin, with Carlos Vela, with Samir Nasri, with Robin van Persie and Abou Diaby,” he said. “Then we put Nicklas Bendtner on, and Emmanuel Eboue who is a forward-thinking full back, and we still don’t score.
“When you don’t score for a while and you are Arsenal Football Club people ask why you don’t score and you have to give an answer. You cannot stop the problem from being public because people know if you score or not.
“When you want to force it, it doesn’t work.”Copyright 2013 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 2 Mar 2009