Arsène Wenger says Arsenal must “be better with the style we play”.
The Gunners occupied first place in the Premier League on New Year’s Day but have won only five of 13 league games in 2016.
That run of form has frustrated the manager, particularly because his team have created more “expected goals” than last season.
"We had a big differential this season between the number of chances we created at home and the number of goals we scored, which was not the case last year"
“We had a big differential this season between the number of chances we created at home and the number of goals we scored, which was not the case last year,” he said. “We created two expected goals per game last year at home. This year, we’ve created 2.5 expected goals per game.
“Last season we scored 114 per cent of our expected goals, this year we’ve scored 50 per cent, or 55 per cent.
“As long as the team comes to you, sits back and waits for you to come out, if you do not score, they never come out. After, if they score with their first chance, you make it more difficult.
“The defensive quality of the teams has become much more efficient. If you look at Manchester City, they take the game to their opponent. Chelsea take the game to their opponent. We’ve all dropped points by doing that.
“We are an attacking side. I don’t think you can pretend to be a big club and say you only want to defend.
“We have that responsibility and we have to stand up for that and continue to develop the quality of our game. It doesn’t mean that we have to change our style, it means we have to be better with the style we play.”
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