Only three teams have scored fewer goals in the Premier League than Arsenal – and they’re all in the relegation zone.
They play one of them on Sunday in Burnley, and Sean Dyche’s men will be looking for a repeat of the 0-0 they managed against the Gunners in February. They’ll have every chance if current form continues.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has only netted twice and he’s not scored from open play since the first game of the season. Alexandre Lacazette has three goals but he should really have more, given the chances he’s missed.
Arsenal have struggled to find the back of the net in the Premier League with just 10 goals
Mikel Arteta is facing a dilemma of how to get his team taking their chances again
Eddie Nketiah (left) and Folarin Balogun (right) have both impressed in the Europa League
Arsenal’s leading goalscorer in all competitions is 19-year-old Eddie Nketiah. He has five goals in total, one in the Premier League, but has started just one league match.
The striker has taken his opportunities in the Europa League but is yet to be given a proper chance by Mikel Arteta. Another youngster, Folarin Balogun, impressed on Thursday and was even compared to young Ian Wright by Arsenal legend Martin Keown.
So could they be the answer for the goal-shy Gunners? Sportsmail takes a look…
On average Arsenal create 9.5 shots per game – that is the joint-fourth-lowest in the top-flight with only Crystal Palace (9.4), Burnley (9.2) and Newcastle (8.5) averaging fewer shots per 90 minutes.
They also manage an average of just 3.1 shots on target per 90 minutes.
The stats don’t look any better when the broken down for individual players.
Aubameyang has had 20 shots in the league this season, nine of which have been on target (which includes his penalty against Manchester United) – giving him a shooting accuracy of 45 per cent.
Lacazette has at least managed to hit the target more with eight of his 13 efforts testing the goalkeeper.
The numbers look worse for Willian, who has had just seven shots and one on target. It’s not surprising the Brazilian is still looking for his first goal in an Arsenal shirt.
Willian is still looking for his first Arsenal goal and has had just seven shots in the league
Age – 21
Games – 18
Goals – 5
The striker has only played 161 minutes of Premier League football this season but is only one goal behind Aubameyang, who has played in every game.
He’s scored in the League Cup against Leicester and has netted three times in the Europa League.
Dundalk, Rapid Vienna and Molde may not have been particularly strong opposition, but you still have to put the ball in the net and Nketiah has proved he is up to the job on that front.
The striker has only played 161 minutes of Premier League football for the Gunners this season
He has also been prolific at international level. In October, broke Alan Shearer’s record to become the all-time leading goalscorer for England U21 after netting his 14th goal in 12 games.
However, Nketiah has struggled to force his way into Arteta’s thinking when it comes to the Premier League.
The Arsenal boss has even played Willian as a lone striker (against Manchester City) ahead of the 21-year-old. Ian Wright urged Nketiah to ‘get angry’ in order to oust Lacazette from the starting XI.
Speaking on Wrighty’s House Podcast, the Arsenal legend said: ‘Eddie now should be looking at what Laca does, why Laca’s in the team, why Laca’s being picked over him even though he’s not scoring. And he’s got to start learning about the progression of himself.’
Is he ready? Yes. Nketiah has to be given a proper chance in the league with Arsenal’s first choice strikers failing to find the back of the net. He’s taken his opportunities in the cup competitions and should be confident.
The 21-year-old deserves to be given a chance following his impressive form in the cup games
Age – 19
Games – 4
Goals – 2
Balogun was born in the United States but grew up in London and joined Arsenal’s academy at the age of eight.
He made his senior debut against Dundalk in October and it was his performance against the Irish side on Thursday that caught the eye of Keown.
‘I am looking at him and thinking “remember the name” really with the way he looked tonight,’ he told BT Sport on Thursday.
Balogun has been compared to a young Ian Wright (right) by Arsenal legend Martin Keown
‘The way he linked up, that is a great turn. You try to compare, is it Andy Cole or Ian Wright? There is that sort of movement about him. I know those are big name players and if he can live up to that he will have some career.’
Wright scored 185 goals in seven years at Arsenal, including 11 hat-tricks.
Balogun is out of contract next summer and the club are desperately trying to tie him down to a new deal after he almost joined Brentford on a permanently last season.
He’s yet to be given a taste of Premier League action but will feel he’s done enough to earn a place on the bench against Burnley.
Is he ready? Not quite. The youngster needs a few more senior games under his belt before he’s thrown into league action. Arteta could use him as an impact sub and his pace makes him a real asset. He needs to be patient and keep taking his opportunities when they come.
Balogun is yet to be given a chance in the Premier League but could be a good impact sub