By Declan Taylor

Arsène Wenger has called for his side to become more “dangerous” after scoring only once in their last three games.

Speaking after watching Arsenal’s first ever Premier League goalless draw at Emirates Stadium, Wenger suggested that recent fixture congestion could be a reason for his team’s lack of potency but did point out that other ‘big four’ members have experienced similar troubles.

 “I agree we have to find a solution to be more dangerous and score more goals,” the Frenchman said. “You can say Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United they have the same problems.

“You look at their [Man United’s] games at home, they win 1-0, 1-0, they won by five at West Brom because they were down to 10 men, but with all their players they win 1-0 against Wigan, and 1-0 at Stoke.”

“I believe it is impossible to play the game at Cardiff, the game at Everton and today, to fly over West Ham like that. It’s three very physical games, it’s nearly impossible to come today and score four or five.”

West Ham swept aside League One Hartlepool in the FA Cup on January 24 before a straight-forward home win against Hull City, who are without a Premier League win in eight attempts, three days later.

On the other hand, Arsenal faced Championship high flyers Cardiff City before their dramatic draw at Goodison Park last Wednesday. The apparent contrasts in fixtures had a major bearing on Saturday’s encounter according to Wenger.

“West Ham played on Saturday a very easy game and have had one game this week,” he said, “[whereas] we have played three times in six days and you could see that had an influence in the game.

“We played against Wigan, we played against Portsmouth, we played against West Ham today, the positive thing is we didn’t concede. They didn’t attack, that explains why we always have the same problem.”

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2 Feb 2009