Alarming stat which highlights age-old problem for Arsenal

Arsenal's failure to score a single Premier League goal from outside the box this season shows the issues of old have not been addressed.

For all of the eye-catching football played by Arsenal under Arsene Wenger in recent years, the lack of end product has been a stick with which they can constantly be prodded.

FA Cup success in May ended a nine-year wait for major silverware, but one swallow does not make a summer.

It would appear as though the issues of old are still to be addressed, with the Gunners making their worst start to a top-flight campaign in 32 years.

The neat one-touch passing is still there, possession is still dominated, but positive results remain a problem.

On Saturday, Wenger’s men had over 60 per cent of the ball and peppered Manchester United’s goal with 23 shots, only to end the game on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline.

The one effort which did beat David de Gea arrived in the 95th minute, with the game already beyond them by that stage.

Olivier Giroud’s fine strike also came from right on the edge of the box, with Arsenal unable to improve on an alarming record which has seen them fail to find the target from outside the penalty area this season.

  Att Obox GoalAtt Obox MissAppearances
West Ham 5 16 12
Everton 4 31 12
Man Utd 4 31 12
Swansea 4 27 12
Man City 3 30 12
Sunderland 3 21 12
Tottenham 3 25 12
C. Palace 2 20 12
Chelsea 2 34 12
Hull City 2 17 12
Liverpool 2 32 12
QPR 2 32 12
Southampton 2 22 11
Burnley 1 29 12
Newcastle 1 27 12
Stoke 1 36 12
West Brom 1 30 12
Arsenal 0 41 12
Aston Villa 0 23 11
Leicester 0 23 12

Arsenal have often been accused of trying to walk the ball into the net, with too much emphasis placed on the scoring of the ‘perfect’ goal.

That would appear to still be the case, with it unlikely that you will challenge for the biggest prizes on offer if you need to be within 18 yards of the target in order to hit the back of the net.

This really should not be a problem, though, as Wenger has the attacking weapons at his disposal to trouble the scorers from anywhere in the final third of the field.

Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski and Giroud all possess the ability, so why are they misfiring?

There is only so long you can put such a drought down to bad luck and the Gunners need to start living up to their nickname if they are to avoid ending another campaign empty-handed.

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