Arsene Wenger says he’s hoping his side can rediscover their goalscoring touch by upping their tempo against West Bromwich Albion in the final Premier League game of the season.
The Gunners haven’t scored at home since Olivier Giroud’s last minute effort in the 4-1 win over Liverpool at the start of April; a run of three games that has included draws against Chelsea and Sunderland and the defeat to Swansea.
Eager for his players to send the Emirates crowd to Wembley on a high the boss called for more focus on Sunday:
“It’s difficult to analyse really. We didn’t score against Chelsea, Swansea City and Sunderland but it’s unusual for us. If you look at the games, we had the chances to score in every single game.
“What we want to do is to continue to play our game but better, quicker, with more movement and then we will score again. The finishing is in cycles and we have gone through a cycle that is a bit less positive.
“Before, we scored goals for fun and I’m sure if we just concentrate on the quality of our game that we will score again.”
Arsenal don’t have to win to secure qualification for the Champions League, but nor can they take the risk of losing in case Manchester United demolish relegation-threated Hull City. As things stand the Gunners have a goal difference that’s seven better than Louis van Gaal’s outfit.
Warning his side that they have a job to finish, Wenger continued: “We want to finish on a high at the Emirates and we want our fans to go home happy, full of hope for next season.
“We have fought very hard to directly qualify for the Champions League and we want to get over the line and finish the job, which we couldn’t do on Wednesday night [against Sunderland]. We want to do it in a convincing way on Sunday.
“Will I rest one or two players? Certainly. What is most important for me is for us to win the game on Sunday. We have enough experience in our dressing room to know that what is important is the next competition.”
Arseblog News also wants a happy ending. Two in fact. One on Sunday and another next Saturday. Surely that’s not too much to ask…