Wenger defends misfiring Gunners

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended his new-look strike-force and is confident they will begin to fire as the Gunners look to take a different approach.

Wenger defends misfiring Gunners

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Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger shakes hands with Lukas Podolski as he is substituted

Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Gervinho played up front in Arsenal's goalless draw against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium and despite a strong performance in midfield, they lacked a vital cutting edge.

Wenger's side have not scored in their opening two Barclays Premier League fixtures following the departure of Dutch striker Robin van Persie but the Frenchman believes his side will adapt and spread the goalscoring duties.

He said: "If you want to convince me we lost an exceptional player [in Robin van Persie] you are wasting your time. I was the first to say that.

"We have to find a way to get around that by sharing more of the goals than we did before with Van Persie. Giroud scored 20 [last season], Podolski scored 20.

"We will get some goals I'm convinced from [Abou] Diaby, [Aaron] Ramsay, [Theo] Walcott, Gervinho, so we have of course to share it around a bit."

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