Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is at a loss for words to explain the reason for the goal drought his team are currently experiencing. He is keen to address the issue immediately as they head into the most crucial part of the campaign. They face crunch clashes in the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Champions League in the coming weeks, and the results in the games will have a massive bearing on how the Gunners end their season.
The Gunners struggled to score during their 2-1 loss to Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 clash at the Emirates Stadium and have scored just four goals in their last seven games in all competitions. The strikers have struggled to find the back of the net on a consistent basis this season, which could prove costly as the season enters the final stretch.
Olivier Giroud, who is the top scorer for Arsenal with 18 league goals in all competitions, has scored just one goal in his last eight appearances, while Theo Walcott has managed only one in 12. Alexis Sanchez, who was the standout performer last season, has failed to hit form this campaign, and following his return from injury, which kept him out for over two months, he has managed just one in seven appearances.
The north London club are in the Premier League title race alongside Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, while they face an FA Cup replay against Hull City and lack of goals from his strikers is a serious worry for the manager. Wenger refuses to blame anyone and believes it is up to the whole team to tackle the problem.
"I wish I had an obvious answer, it's going through my head at the moment," Wenger said. "Our goals have dried up seriously, we have to find a solution," Wenger said, as quoted by the London Evening Standard ahead of their clash against Manchester United on Sunday (28 February).
"It's not down to individuals. If you look at the goals he has scored, Sanchez has not scored in a long time. I don't think it's especially down to him. In the recent games we've struggled to score. There's many aspects that we're analysing at the moment, I have to find a quick answer," the Frenchman added.