By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger admits that Arsenal "lack a little bit of oil in their engine" - but he is confident it is a short-term problem.
The Frenchman saw his side earn a second consecutive Premier League draw on Sunday after failing to translate their possession into goals at Stoke City.
Arsenal's new-look strikeforce of Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski showed plenty of promise at the Britannia Stadium and Wenger feels that some adjustments on the training ground will get his Arsenal machine in full working order.
"It is never disastrous to take a point at Stoke but we lack a little bit of oil in our engine in the final third," he said. "What looks completely natural when we are at our best still is not there, and we have to work on that.
"I put it down to having new strikers and as well because we have played defensive teams who are very well organised - Sunderland and now Stoke.
"If you look last year at the teams who allowed the least possession behind their midfield it was Sunderland and Stoke. We played them in the first two games and I have seen much more open games. I don't deny anyway that we should have scored and that's what we need to work on.
"[We will improve] by practising on how we want to move, on the quality of the final pass. Today we had Giroud, Podolski and Cazorla together up front - one month ago they didn't know each other. It is the department where we have the most new players."
Wenger added: "I still feel on one hand it is two points dropped but overall we know at the end of the season that Stoke is a difficult team to play against. They can always win games here and today they were highly committed."Copyright 2017 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