Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his current team have the same kind of goal threat as the side containing the likes of Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and Dennis Bergkamp, ESPN has reported.
The Gunners dispatched Liverpool with a 4-1 win on Saturday afternoon, with goals from young Spanish full-back Hector Bellerin, Germany World Cup winner Mesut Ozil, former Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez and France international Olivier Giroud. Jordan Henderson replied for the visitors from the penalty spot before Emre Can was sent off, the victory taking Arsenal in to second place, behind Chelsea, prior to Manchester City’s Monday evening fixture at Crystal Palace.
Arsenal’s four goals moved them to joint-second in the highest-scoring teams list for the current Premier League campaign, Wenger’s side having plundered 62 goals in their 31 games, the same tally as City from a game more, and one fewer than Chelsea, who have also played 30 games to Arsenal’s 31.
Speaking after the match, Wenger was asked about the goal threat in his side and confirmed his pride in his attack, comparing the options in his team to that of a decade ago. “There is something happening,” Wenger acknowledged. “You can see that. You can’t cheat on that. You smell that we can score goals. If you look at the number of goals we’ve scored now, that’s quite good with seven games to go.
“I’m a competitor and what that means is you have to go as high and as far as you can,” he continued. “If somebody was better than us, then well done, but we have to have given our best until the end and that’s what I would like to do. Pires and Henry, or maybe Bergkamp and Henry,” Wenger continued when asked about players past. “That’s a long time ago. But they’re not bad names.”