Wenger claims Arsenal has moved on well without Van Persie this season

Last Updated: Oct 06, 2012, 18:00 PM IST

London: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said the club has moved on with life without last season’s top scorer Robin Van Persie, and added that the number of players on the score sheet for the Gunners this season is a testimony to that.

So far, five different players have found the target during the club’s opening six league games, and Wenger believes that is the sign that they have moved on following Van Persie’s switch to Manchester United.

Wenger also admitted the fear of an injury to the 30-goal striker last season dominated his team’s thoughts and affected morale.

“We have no choice but to have more goalscorers as we had one that scored so many. It’s good because when Van Persie was injured, the concern was not only that you can’t score goals any more, it’s the psychological consequences on the morale of the team,” the Daily Star quoted Wenger, as saying.

“Players were already asking, ‘Does Van Persie play on Saturday or not?’ when he had two or three days out,” he added.

Wenger added: “We hope always that Theo Walcott can improve his number of goals. Santi Cazorla will get a few. He gets in good positions and does not always finish, but he looks like he can score goals.”