Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reveals ‘only regret’ in Stoke victory

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is disappointed with his side’s lack of a clinical touch against Stoke, reports the BBC.

The Gunners 29 shots, 12 on target, during the match, but only beat the Potters 2-0. The two goalscorers, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud, were among the players guilty of missing chances they would usually be expected to put away with ease. The Frenchman is unhappy with this profligacy.

“In the first half our movement was outstanding and we created a lot,” said Wenger, “In the second half our pace dropped maybe a little bit in our passing, but we continuously created chances and overall it was a strong performance.

“My only regret is that there is too big a difference between the number of chances we made and the number of goals we scored but that will come.”

However, despite this regret, the victory is important for the North Londoners after a shaky start to the season. An opening weekend loss to West Ham, as well as suspect performances in a draw with Liverpool and win over Crystal Palace have put doubts over their ability to challenge for the Premier League title.

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With Manchester City having won their first five games, it will take a more clinical touch to bridge the five point gap to the top of the table. If Arsenal do not manage to add this, it could leave fans ruing the club’s inability to sign a top-class striker over the summer.

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