Arteta Admits Scoring Burden Has To Be Shared, Squad Doesn’t Have “30-40 Goals” Star

By The Editor
on 20th January 2024

Arteta lays down a challenge to his squad…


Mikel Arteta warned his squad that the goal-scoring burden must be shared amongst them in the absence of a clinical forward following our 5-0 win against Crystal Palace, the boss told the press.

Arsenal returned to winning ways with a thumping win over Roy Hodgson’s men, thanks to strikes from Gabriel, Leandro Trossard and a late brace from Gabriel Martinelli.

The team’s profligacy was the topic of discussion for several weeks before Saturday’s win, which saw the Gunners enter the clash with a run of one win in seven games.

Arteta’s side finally made their domination count against The Eagles and the Spaniard warned his team that he expects everyone to chip in with goals.

Despite being in the midst of a transfer window, the club will not be doing any business. Arteta will hope the romp at the Emirates Stadium will kickstart our attacking efficiency.

“Absolutely and [Gabriel’s] got the ability and timing,” the 41-year-old said when asked about spreading goals across the team.

“Deliveries have been consistent and good as well, there are others like Wilo that have the capacity to score more goals.

“We don’t have a 30, 40 goals on someone, we have to share them and that’s a good quality in the team.”

While scoring five goals can only give the team confidence, one wonders if they’ll slightly worry that they broke the deadlock with another set-piece.

Palace set up in a 5-4-1 system out of possession and the game was quite dull either side of Gabriel’s opener from Declan Rice’s corner.

It took the second strike, another set-piece effort, to open up the game, allowing us to fill our boots for the rest of the afternoon.

Arteta will want to see us do more from open play and give the team unrestricted belief that they can unlock any game regardless of the game state.

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