Historically under Arsene Wenger, Arsenal have not been a team that takes a huge amount of long-shots, as the manager has consistently implemented an ideology involving tiki-taka football and a meticulous passing build-up. While this is something we love about Arsenal, it can also be a source of frustration, as so often we’ve seen players look for the pass when they really should have been letting fly.
We’ve certainly been taking more long-shots recently, with the arrival of Alexis Sanchez in particular seeing a definite rise in that department. We could still improve massively when it comes to strikes from distance though, not only with the number we take, but with our conversion rate as well.
Stats from talkSPORT show we are 12th in the Premier League for shots taken outside the box this season, with our tally of 33 being some way behind league leaders Manchester City on 52.
The majority of our long-shots are likely to be from Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey, as the pair love testing their luck from distance. The likes of Olivier Giroud and Mesut Özil can be seen trying from distance far less often, and it may be something we need to work on.
Long-shots certainly aren’t always the answer, and often teams who take a lot of long-shots do so because they lack options and are incapable of working the ball closer to the goal. As we are able to do both however, it makes sense to mix things up a bit and surprise the keeper and defence every now and again.
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Obviously we need the players with the ability to score from distance, but you’d expect players like Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott to at least have that in their locker – we’ve certainly seen Cazorla score some screamers in the past.