Arsenal equipped to cope if Van Persie run ends, insists Wenger
Arsène Wenger accepts that Arsenal are reliant on their prolific Dutch hit-man - but says they have adequate cover if needed
Arsène Wenger admits Arsenal have become reliant on captain Robin van Persie – but insists they have plenty of cover should the striker’s impressive goalscoring run come to an end.
Van Persie, 28, has scored 12 times in his last eight games, helping Arsenal to five consecutive league wins, with their last defeat coming against north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the start of October.
But Wenger insists the Gunners have plenty of other attacking options, including Marouane Chamakh and Ju Young-Park.
“We are reliant on Robin, of course, because he scores many goals,” said Wenger. “That’s what you want from your strikers. We have cover for Robin because we have Chamakh and Park, who I think are quality but at the moment they are not getting the opportunities because Robin is in such fantastic form.
“It will be up to them to show they can take the relay when needed because the season is long and we play in many competitions, hopefully for a long time. Everybody will get a chance.
“I believe that players like Gervinho, Theo Walcott, Andrey Arshavin and Aaron Ramsey will score goals as well.
“But at the moment they are more in the providing zone. I am confident that in the near future, some others will score goals as well.”
Meanwhile, Wojciech Szczesny believes Arsenal should not fear any side – and the Gunners’ first-choice goalkeeper is confident they can extend their winning run against Fulham on Saturday.
“It is fantastic that we don’t fear playing against anyone,” he told Arsenal’s website.
“We are very confident going into each game and feel like we have what it takes to get the three points. We keep winning so I hope we keep that habit going and win every single game from now on.”
But Szczesny insists complacency will not be an issue because he claims the Gunners are approaching every game with the same mentality as they look to close the gap on their rivals at the top of the table.
“I don’t think we’ll struggle with complacency. For us every game is massive now,” Szczesny added. “We have needed to get some points to catch up with the teams at the top of the table. The Fulham game is massive for us and I am sure we’ll be up for it.”