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The Arsenal Goal Machine Keeps On Producing

Arsene Wenger's teams have always liked a goal or two, but this season, even by the boss's standards, the Gunners surpassed all expectations.

The mighty Arsenal have found the net a mammoth 55 times in 19 games in all competitions with 17 different players on the score sheet for the North London outfit (19 if you include Zubar and Craddock) as we opened the first few months of the season in record form.

The latest goals haul came as Arsenal mauled the Wolves (you see what I did there?) 4-1 at Molineux without playing particularly well.

Speaking of the Gunners free scoring league exploits, Wenger said, 'Scoring 36 goals is a tremendous record you know, that is great credit to the team and the way we play.

'We could have scored more goals against Wolves but I am happy. To be 3-0 up at half-time away from home is something you dream about. It is an ideal position. Our technical superiority prevailed and we controlled the game.'

The bizarre thing is that there is tremendous scope for improvement. We've conceded silly late goals, we have not been ruthless enough at times, letting a couple of teams, Spurs in particular, off very lightly indeed.

We find ourselves currently sitting in 2nd position in the table, yet with improved concentration and more cool heads we might well find we're still in this position, or maybe one better, come the end of the season.

It's still early days, but it's very exciting times at Ashburton Grove.

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The Journalist

Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 8 2009

Time: 3:15PM

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But here's another stat, we have never conceded this many goals in our first eleven games as we have this season. Certainly something to work on.
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08/11/2009 18:50:00

Yep, we need to stop letting in soft goals!
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08/11/2009 19:08:00

We've only conceded two more goals than our worst defensive start to the season, and if it weren't for that trip to Man City it would be nowhere near. Also I reckon that when we attack so much we'll be prone to conceding an extra goal or two. Another thing to take into account is the fact that we have been in the fortunate position to let off the gas in many games so fae ..... it's not ideal and we need to stop it, but I'd hazzard a guess that the defensive record wouldn't be so bad if we didn't score so many goals .... if that makes sense.
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08/11/2009 19:10:00

That's true - but I don't think we have had as good a goal difference at this stage either? We came close in 2002/2003 when we had conceded one goal less (13) at this stage. Would feel a little more comfortable knowing we don't have to rely on building 3 goal leads to win games though.
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08/11/2009 19:16:00

It seems that stat only holds since the formation of the PL. In the '91/'92 season we had conceded 17 goals in the first 11 games.
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08/11/2009 19:23:00

...and we won the title in the '89 season having also conceded 14 goals in the opening 11 games.
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08/11/2009 19:26:00

stats aside, you get the feeling that we need to keep attacking in any game to be comfortable, when we try and sit back and defend, we look like fish out of water. even the invincible season we conceded almost every game. in that season we often gave away the first goal which would only delay the inevitable, which is us scoring 3-4 goals to win the game. this season we find ourselves conceding when we have got ourselves in a relatively comfortable position. which is why this current team needs to attack the full 90 minutes IMO.
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08/11/2009 19:36:00

What I find different is that the Manager is actually showing his frustration with these late goals conceded (recall the jacket throwing incident vs AZ A). It is a good sign that the team is concious of the need to keep clean sheets, sometimes. In fairness, the defence dealt well with all the Wolves attack had to throw at it, until the 4 goals; so, just the 'improved concentration and cool heads' left to turn them into the mean defence we all crave.
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08/11/2009 21:54:00

*..until our 4th goal.
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08/11/2009 21:56:00

Wenger threw his jacket in the Spurs game, and I can understand why. In some instances, its simply a lack of common sense, like allowing a 3 vs 2 situation in our own area. That can easily be rectified, but strangely enough, not for this team.
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08/11/2009 22:50:00

Ah. You are right. It was during the Spurs game. Point is we were 3 up and, ostensibly, he did want that clean sheet. It was an emotion he is hardly associated with, as he is wont to eulogise the offensive side of the team. Now he speaks about a "balance" between offense and defense.
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08/11/2009 23:09:00

One problem is the majority of the goals we've conceeded we've been up by a fair few goals which them kicks in defensive complacency. Gallas and Vermealen will go a lot longer then any other defenders without touching the ball because of our "defend in there half" policy. They need to learn to keep themselves stimulated and ready for a sudden break when Diaby or Eboue gives the other team the ball ;)
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09/11/2009 02:46:00

To an extent, we can't expect to score so many goals and not concede a few. Particularly when players like Sagna are so involved in the build-up, they are going to be caught out sometimes. That said, a lot of the ones we concede are through not playing smart. But I think Alex Song is the key to this - he is growing from game-to-game, particularly his positional awareness, which was something of a weakness only a couple of months ago. This bodes well for the remainder of the season.
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09/11/2009 03:36:00

I like to think positive.. I think the no clean sheet is just a strategy to invite teams to attack, seeing that Arsenal is "vulnerable" XD
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09/11/2009 05:40:00

Off topic, but did anyone watch the Lyon v. Marseille game last night?! Maybe the best non-Arsenal match I have ever seen in my life. The technical ability of both sides was outstanding and a joy to watch.
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09/11/2009 05:50:00

We'll put a full stop to it, I'm sure. :-)
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09/11/2009 08:56:00

gk107, yes I watched it (I watch a LOT of football from Germany, Spain, France & Italy) -- absolutely extraordinary game, one of the most exciting games I've seen in the last 10 years, that's no exaggeration. Astonishing 10 goals! As for our conceding goals, Man Utd have scored fewer than us (29) and conceded only 2 fewer than us (12) yet no one ever questions their ability to win the league this season. I agree, it's a problem but if you look at the "goals conceded" stats for every team, we're really not doing badly at all. The one stat that stands out amongst all the teams is Chelsea's goals conceded: 8. No one even comes close to that. Which is why I think they'll win the league.
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09/11/2009 16:32:00

We'll put a full stop to it, I'm sure. :-) JT_daniel Yeah bring it on mate, we owe you guys big time after the pasting we got at The Grove last season!
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