Arsene Wenger says the forward options he has this season are the best he’s had in quite some time, but that finding a way of balancing them is the challenge he faces.
To be fair, it’s a much better and more interesting challenge than ‘Who the hell am I going to play there?!’, and after a trio that never played together before bagged all 5 goals and 2 assists in the 5-0 win over Southampton on Saturday, the Arsenal manager was purring about the depth of his squad.
“You look at Pérez and Walcott and Danny Welbeck, and I have Sanchez on the bench as well, that exceptional quality,” he said.
“For a long time we have not had that offensive quality available. The problem will now be to find the right combination and use them well in games, without destroying the balance of the team.”
Wenger also has Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil to consider, regular goalscorers this season, as well as the likes of Alex Iwobi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain chipping with almost 10 goals between them too.
It’s an exciting line-up of attacking talent, so it’ll be interesting to see how he uses them in the weeks ahead.
You can find all the latest player stats on our dedicated stats page, but here’s what they’ve produced so far.
Alexis Sanchez – 17 goals, 11 assists
Theo Walcott – 14 goals, 2 assists
Olivier Giroud – 10 goals, 3 assists
Mesut Ozil – 9 goals, 7 assists
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6 goals, 6 assists
Lucas Perez – 6 goals, 6 assists
Alex Iwobi – 4 goals, 3 assists, 2 OGs forced 😉
Danny Welbeck – 2 goals, 1 assist (1 start)