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'Goals depend on quality of chances'

Olivier Giroud

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal must improve the quality of their build-up play if they are to start scoring more freely again.

The Gunners have failed to hit the target in their past three Premier League games, despite creating a host of chances - particularly last time out against Southampton.

"Maybe we lost a little bit of our quality in the build-up over the longer period by losing people like Cazorla who are providers"

Arsene Wenger

Wenger is relaxed about this goalless run, especially as his side have been clinical in the past - scoring twice from two shots on target in the first half against Manchester City before Christmas.

“Look, it’s not definite,” he said. “It is frustrating because we had some periods where we scored for fun and we have dried out recently so we have to correct that.

“Sometimes you have to go through spells like that. Sometimes when we win games we shoot three times at the goal and score three goals. [Against Southampton] we had all the chances - we must just continue to create them.

“Our style is offensive, to go forward and maybe we lost a little bit of our quality in the build-up over the longer period by losing people like Cazorla who are providers. We had to redress that.

“Goals are not only down to the strikers - it’s down to the quality of the way you create goal chances and the quality of the chances you create.”

With Premier League leaders Leicester travelling to second placed Manchester City on Saturday, Arsenal have a chance to make up ground - but Wenger says his side must concentrate on their own performances.

“There are 14 games to go and that match will not decide it,” he said. “What is more important for us is to come back with a winning habit. We have lost only once [recently], and with 10 men - people forget that.

“So there are positives and negatives recently, but I think we were a bit unlucky in the last two home games.”

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