Arsene Wenger has conceded his Arsenal side must find a quick answer to their lack of goals in recent weeks.
The Gunners go into the weekend two points off the top of the Premier League and travel to face long-term adversaries Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.
Wenger saw his side blow the Red Devils apart with a scintillating start to their meeting at the Emirates Stadium in October – scoring all three goals in their 3-0 win inside the opening 19 minutes.
But, with six goals in their last eight games in all competitions, such a performance has not looked close to materialising of late.
In the last week, Wenger has seen his side held to a 0-0 draw by Sky Bet Championship side Hull in the FA Cup fifth round and then lose 2-0 to Barcelona in their Champions League last-16 clash on Tuesday night.
They go to Old Trafford having won their last league game in the dying embers of a clash with leaders Leicester, with former United forward Danny Welbeck grabbing the injury-time winner.
Wenger will be hoping his return can add more goals to a faltering frontline having admitted he is concerned by Arsenal’s form in front of goal.
“That’s a good question – and it’s a bad answer,” he replied when asked why his team had stopped scoring.
“If I had an obvious answer…. It’s going through my head at the moment. I agree that our goals have dried up seriously and we have to find a solution. I’m conscious of that.
“There’s many aspects that I analyse at the moment and we have to find a quick answer.”
The 3-0 victory in north London on October 4 has been hailed by Wenger as their best result of the campaign so far – despite also beating Manchester City and Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium.
“We had a good performance against (United),” he said.
“I think we took them a little bit by surprise and we played at a high pace from the start and closed down well early on. We need to play at that pace again.
“We had some good results at the Emirates, we beat City, we beat Bayern and United but it was maybe one of our best.
“I was surprised we were 3-0 up. You expect always a good performance.”