Central Coast Mariners’ Arnold wary of Melbourne’s strike potential

Central Coast Mariners coach Graham Arnold is remaining cautious of Melbourne Victory’s strikeforce despite the fact they are well done on their usual scoring output.

The Victory have netted 17 times in 15 matches this term but Arnold knows that with Robbie Kruse and Archie Thompson together for the first time this season that things could be different at AAMI Park tomorrow night.

“They’re a great side, Victory, and it’s only a matter of time. Archie Thompson has been the best striker in the league for the last five years and Ernie hasn’t had him for a year,” Arnold said.

“Robbie Kruse is potentially one of the best strikers in the league and a future Socceroo, so you take those two out of the equation and it leaves a massive hole.

“I’d rather they didn’t come back tomorrow night and they waited for the weekend, but that’s life, that’s the way it is.

“We’re playing well, I’m very happy with the commitment of our players. They’ve got a great mentality, they want to learn, they want to get on the field and work hard. We don’t have any stars but from the first minute to the 90th minute we will fight for every ball we can.

“Our defensive structure is good and it will be a really good test for our defence tomorrow night if Archie and Robbie Kruse play. We want to play against the best teams and the best players.”

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