Arsene Wenger is in confident mood ahead of the new season, but insists that we need to improve if we are to challenge for the Premier League, as reported by Arsenal.com.
We enjoyed a fantastic second half to the season last year, despite a slow start to the campaign. We were defensively solid while still scoring freely, and were unquestionably one of the best teams in Europe in 2015.
Wenger believes we have to continue in that vein heading into 2015/16, and continue spreading the goals around the team while remaining tight at the back.
“What we want is some more goals from some players who are not really strikers and that was our strength traditionally,” he told arsenal.com.
“Our offensive and creative players scored 10 to 12 goals, that’s what you need. The goal scoring, the finishing, is a bit more psychic than any other activity in the team and when they go through a bad spell they leave their place for somebody else.
“Our target is to improve our number of goals but you have examples of teams who have scored 90 or 100 goals and have not won the championship.
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“We want to combine good defensive efficiency with 10 more goals. In the second part of last season we only conceded 13 goals in 19 games. So we want to keep that and add a few more goals. I think we can find that from inside.”
We scored 71 goals last season, while conceding just 36 – with Chelsea the only team to better us on both counts. If we can carry our 2015 form into the new season and keep it up for the entire campaign, then we should certainly expect to be challenging for the Premier League title come May.
Arsenal transfer news
With new signing Petr Cech arriving at the club, we should certainly be conceding far fewer goals next season. Hopefully before the close of the transfer window we bring a forward to the Emirates as well, and Wenger gets his wish for more goals in the upcoming campaign.