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André Santos believes Arsenal must share goalscoring responsibilities

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Arsenal defender André Santos has stated that the Gunners need to share goalscoring responsibilities if they are to end their trophy drought.

The 29-year-old left-back recently made his first start of the season for Arsenal against Norwich, replacing the injured Kieran Gibbs.

Santos, who is a reported transfer target of Galatasaray, believes Arsenal's strength in depth means they are an attacking threat in all positions.

He said: "It is very important that a team has goals from different players.

"Sometimes to depend on only one player is very difficult and puts a lot of pressure on him, so it's important to have the collective responsibility, which we have here at Arsenal.

"It's important that the team relies on every player to help in every aspect, to mark, to create chances and even to score goals."

Arsenal will be looking to end their poor form when Schalke visit the Emirates in the Champions League this evening.

Lukas Podolski and Gervinho have scored four and five goals respectively so far this campaign and Santos believes Arsenal’s current attacking options strike fear into the opposition.

Santos added: "Lukas Podolski and Gervinho are both playing very well at the moment.

"Gervinho is playing in a different position and that allows him to have freedom and score lots of goals.

"But not only Podolski and Gervinho are doing well - the defenders are looking very strong too.

"We have the choice [of] Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Koscielny and Djourou in the middle and we also have Cazorla with the great abilities he has brought to the team.

"The Champions League is a tough competition and we have to share these responsibilities, and that's what we’re doing at Arsenal.

"We have a strong squad both going forward and in defence and we're all excited about this season."

André Santos: Arsenal need to beat Schalke


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