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The Arsenal Goal Machine Keeps On Producing

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.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Sunday November 8 2009
Time: 3:15PM


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.
Little Dutch
08/11/2009 18:50:00
Yep, we need to stop letting in soft goals!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
08/11/2009 21:54:00
*..until our 4th goal.
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.
08/11/2009 22:50:00
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