With the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Özil, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, and Santi Cazorla at his disposal, Arsene Wenger believes this is his strongest forward line at Arsenal since the days of Thierry Henry, as reported by Goal.
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We may not be back to our free-scoring best just yet, but we are certainly on our way.
Injuries have curbed our scoring somewhat, but when fit players like Giroud have proved downright prolific.
He and Sanchez have been the major contributors to our 47 Premier League goals so far this season – with only Chelsea and Manchester City ahead of us on 55 and 51 respectively.
The Frenchman has been in fantastic form since returning from injury, and will be hoping to keep his numbers up as we head into the tail end of the season.
Wenger singled out his compatriot for special praise, but insisted that the team as a whole was far stronger.
He certainly believes we can still improve, but claims our current attack is the strongest since Thierry Henry left the club.
“A prolific Premier League attack should score between 70 to 100 goals in a season. We are not there yet, but this attack is our best since Thierry Henry’s days – this one has the most potential since then,” he said.
“This weekend is the first time we have been able to line them up all together, so we are yet to see what they are capable of achieving.
“Giroud’s style is less elegant than strikers before him like Robin van Persie, but he has progressed a lot and he is now a complete striker because he has added decisive passes to his game.
“He works for the team more than most players who contribute that many goals.”
The acquisition of Sanchez has gone a long way towards boosting our firepower, and his goals have proved vital this season.
I believe the main reason our attack is so potent at the moment however, is down to the balance of the team.
When Özil or Cazorla are played out wide the team looks lopsided, and we can occasionally suffer – both going forward and going back.
With players like Sanchez, Walcott, Danny Welbeck, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the flanks however, we are a far more effective unit.
Giroud spearheads the attack perfectly, and allows the wide players and midfield runners to get beyond him. When we have too many players looking to pick the perfect pass rather than making the run, we end up struggling to break teams down.