Arsenal defeated Newcastle United 1-0 at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League thanks to an audacious volley from German play-maker Mesut Ozil, but despite his squad's triumph against the Magpies, arsene wenger is evidently not impressed with Alexis Sanchez's and Alexandre Lacazette's lack of potency in-front of the target.

Lacazette's last goal came against Manchester United as the Gunners fell victim to a 3-1 defeat at home and Sanchez - Arsenal's top-scorer last term - has only managed to muster 4 strikes this term. 'Le Prof' is aware of their shortcomings and has labelled the duo "not clinical enough" as a damning summary.

Brutally Honest

If Arsenal are going to successfully qualify for the Champions League, they'll be relying on the French international and the Chilean ace to find their ruthless form once again. Wenger - speaking to the media (via Mirror) - revealed that the pair have simply not been "clinical enough", although the ineffective predicament they both languish in is "difficult to explain", given the fact that they're natural-born marksmen. Sanchez tallied a resounding 24 goals in the previous campaign, but despite the diminutive attacker's dip in efficiency, Wenger insists that "he is still committed and he works hard."

The decorated Arsenal boss then continued to convey that he feels Lacazette's record is "quite good.

Especially at home." Although he did then proceed to admit that his countryman's displays "Away from home" have been "a bit less" dynamic. The north-Londoners "create more chances than anybody else" in Wenger's astute eyes, so ultimately squandering their chances is something the 68-year-old tactician will want stamped-out as soon as possible.


In recent months, Lacazette and Sanchez have appeared determined and tenacious in the search for goals and personal accolades.

Wenger rhetorically quizzed: "is it confidence? Is it the fact that the guys think we have absolutely to score?" and with the answer shrouded in doubt, he claimed that "It's difficult to know" in response to himself.

Arsenal are currently 4th in the domestic standings and "have the chances" and "the quality" in their locker to worry the sides ahead of them in the table to ensure their place in Europe's elite tournament next year. But, appreciative to his set-up's falterings and inconsistencies, Wenger said that sadly his men "cannot show it up with points." Arsenal encounter West Ham United in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup on December 19th, a fixture on home soil which could bode well for the festive period if they can progress past a resurgent Hammers squad to the semi-final stage of the competition.