Wenger feels there was a tendency to be over reliant on van Persie last year rather than look elsewhere for goals.
“When Van Persie was injured,” said the manager, “it was not only that we could not score goals any more; there are psychological consequences in the team. The players ask you if Van Persie will be playing on Saturday when he had two or three days out.”
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