Arsenal enjoyed a 3-1 win against Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon which ended a surprising long wait for a home win in all competitions. The Gunners have struggled at the Emirates Stadium of late, having gone almost six weeks without a home win before their victory over the Cherries. It’s worth noting Arsenal hadn’t lost during their winless run in their own backyard but their struggles in getting results at the Emirates has been a worry.
Arsenal’s home form since October’s win vs Ludogorets
(22/10/16) Premier League: Arsenal 0-0 Middlesbrough
(6/11/16) Premier League: Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
(23/11/16) Champions League: Arsenal 2-2 Paris Saint-Germain
Arsenal have picked up the same amount of points at home and on their travels this season, but remain unbeaten on the road, conceding considerably fewer goals. Away sides set up to frustrate the Gunners when travelling to the Emirates Stadium as they’re happy to take a point or perhaps a narrow defeat. When Arsenal are away from home, they capitalise on opposing teams playing more open in their own backyard which perhaps explains their form.
Manager Arsene Wenger will be keen to start building on the Bournemouth win, however, so the Gunners can become a more formidable force on home soil. In the last six years, Arsenal have averaged 12 home wins from 18 in the Premier League per season, but need to be more convincing if they are to challenge for major honours.
Arsenal’s next home game comes in the EFL Cup, and Arsenal are 5/6 to win against Southampton on Wednesday evening. Can they become more of a force at the Emirates Stadium?