The Arsenal players are often accused of lacking characters and bottling it in big games. The Gunners away performances, not only this season but at times last season as well, show that the players are simply not strong enough mentally to play for a club the size of Arsenal.
Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Newcastle means that the Gunners have lost their last five away games on their travels in the top-flight. In fact, the north London side has won just one of their last nine away games in the Premier League.
Going further back Arsene Wenger’s side have won just three of their last 16 away games in the Premier League. That is a damning statistic.
Wenger bemoans defensive mistakes
Wenger bemoaned defensive errors caused by the Gunners and stated that it is the story of their season on the road. If they keep making the same mistakes, why not try to change things or players.
Some of those players are simply not good enough. Although the likes of Calum Chambers and Rob Holding are in their early twenties, they have shown little signs that they will improve in any vast way.
The younger players should not take all the blame, though, as Shkodran Mustafi has been poor at times this season. This is a seasoned Germany international, who seems to struggle with the basics of defending.
Arsenal still needs to invest in at least one new dominant centre-back this summer, if not two.
Arsenal teams have been mentally weak for the last decade. They are bullied and bossed by inferior teams, usually on their travels. Gone are the characters of Tony Adams, Emmanuel Petit’s and Patrick Vieira’s.
None of the current Arsenal team would match any of the trio for character, influence or will-to-win.
Atletico will fancy their chances
Arsenal faces Spanish side Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-final first leg next Thursday, a game the Gunners are actually odds of 6/4 to win.
It is understandable that the Gunners are favourites for the home leg. However, the return leg at the Wanda Metropolitano will be a worry for the team from north London. The Gunners have been decent on their travels in Europe this season, but Atketico are far stronger than their previous opposition.
If Arsenal continues to play as they have on their travels in the Premier League in the Spanish capital, then all they will head home with will be a beating.
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