Today at North London Is Red I welcome James Watson as a guest blogger sharing his thoughts on where the goals are going to come from. Take it away James.
It was feared that when a certain Dutchman departed for the grim north there would be a dearth of goals – understandable when he was responsible for 37 last season and the only other player to reach double figures was Theo with 11.
Gervinho came in with a big reputation but struggled to find consistency. Chamakh seemingly dropped off the face of the earth and Arshavin fell out of love with the game.
So it comes as a refreshing surprise that, just a few games into the new season, all of the Gunners’ premier attackers are scoring – even Giroud.
This was perhaps the most remarkable aspect to come from the League Cup mauling of a very poor and out of sorts Coventry side – there was goals coming from all over the park. Even the enigmatic Russian got in on the act.
The loss of he who shall not be named has seemingly engineered a shift of goalscoring responsibilities but the general play seems to be the same. You could create an argument that when he was still here, there was an urgency to play through him and look for him rather than perhaps going alone.
What we’re seeing now is a bunch of attackers, all eager to get on the scoresheet and not afraid to go for goal themselves. Podolski has hit the ground running and whilst Giroud has had a slow start, he has that elusive first goal to his name.
However, most impressive has been the goalscoring of Gervinho. The Ivorian remains as erratic as ever but with three goals to his name already, he is playing with renewed confidence.
Such form – ably supported by the wily Cazorla who has become an instant fans favourite – is meaning that contract rebel Walcott is struggling to start. On that note, the young Englishman is looking more and more like the finished article. He may be the one to benefit the most from the Dutchman’s departure.
It gives Arsène a pleasant headache when deciding who to start in attack and maybe for the first time since probably the Henry, Pires, Bergkamp days, there will be a better spread of goals.
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