Mikel Arteta wants Arsenal goals shared amid striker transfer clamour

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Mikel Arteta has admitted that he would “prefer that goals are shared” erstwhile talking astir nan make-up of his beforehand statement pinch nan January transportation model opening adjacent week.

Arsenal’s expected request for a caller striker has been a constituent of chat externally passim nan 2023-24 play truthful far.

Bukayo Saka (eight), Gabriel Jesus (seven) and Martin Odegaard (seven) are their apical scorers successful each competitions this season, pinch Saka and Eddie Nketiah nan only players pinch 5 goals successful nan Premier League this term.

Arsenal are 2nd — 2 points down leaders Liverpool pinch a crippled successful manus — and are classed 5th for convention goals scored connected 36. Last play Arsenal classed 2nd successful nan convention for goals scored (88) pinch Manchester City first connected 94.

Erling Haaland scored 36 (38.2 per cent) of those City goals, while Arsenal had 4 players people much than 10 convention goals successful Odegaard (15), Martinelli (15), Saka (14) and Jesus (11). Granit Xhaka besides scored 9 convention goals from midfield.

Asked whether he needs a target man astatine No 9, Arteta said: “I would emotion for america to people 5 goals each week! I would for illustration that those goals are shared, because I deliberation it is much probable that this is going to beryllium consistently maintainable.

“This is what we person done. The magnitude of goals we stock successful nan squad is really positive. We want much goals. We want much goals from our strikers, that is for sure. I deliberation we person sewage them wrong nan team.”

A crippled earlier nan halfway constituent successful nan convention season, Arsenal’s apical scorers aft Saka and Nketiah are Odegaard and Havertz connected four, followed by Jesus, Declan Rice and Leandro Trossard connected three.

Pushed connected whether he is happy pinch his existent crop, Arteta added: “I americium very happy. Would I for illustration that Gabi, Eddie, and Leo people 50 goals? Yes, for sure. Every head would want a subordinate that tin people 50 goals guaranteed each season. But if you don’t person it, it intends arsenic good that they person different qualities that empower nan qualities of nan players adjacent to them. That is really important arsenic well.

“(It’s difficult to find and) create arsenic well. I deliberation location are players, and we person players, that tin score. Last twelvemonth they did thing that not galore wingers aliases attacking midfielders did successful nan league. It is our occupation to effort to amended them and get nan champion retired of them.

“Sometimes we want much players and amended accommodation but we are really fortunate pinch what we have. One point we person to negociate is understanding; sometimes not ever looking for illustration this [acts retired looking done a telescope] but looking pinch a spot of perspective, wherever we are and what we do, and past we whitethorn realise: ‘Wow, I americium really fortunate and we are good’. We tin beryllium amended but look around, we could beryllium overmuch worse arsenic well.”

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