One of Arsenal’s main Achilles heels in recent seasons under veteran boss Arsene Wenger has been their away form. In fact, some have described it as the main reason for the Gunners decline in recent years.
Arsenal’s home form has been very strong in recent seasons. However, a lack of mental strength and quality has seen the Gunners lose far too many games on their travels.
Their recent six-game losing run away from home in the Premier League is a classic example of the problem. Arsenal have just two games left under Wenger, both away from home at Leicester this evening and at relegation-threatened Huddersfield on the final day.
Leicester game looks ideal for Arsenal
Both look like good games for the Gunners to end that losing away run in the Premier League. However, Huddersfield will still be battling for their Premier League survival, so will no doubt at least put in a shift.
Leicester, on the other hand, seems to have downed tools a long time ago. It is becoming an annual event at the Midlands club, where the players just cannot be bothered to play for their boss anymore. French boss Claude Puel is the latest victim of the Foxes lack of motivation.
The Foxes already look to be firmly on the beach already. They have lost four of their last five league games while failing to score in their last three. Leicester have also failed to win any of their last six matches on home soil.
Result depends on Arsenal’s attitude
If ever there was an inviting team for Arsenal to secure a rare away victory then it is Leicester. How the game will go will depend on the Gunners attitude towards it. Arsenal has very little left to play for this season.
However, surely the players will want to try their best to win the last few games for their departing boss. Wenger has shown them enough loyalty to at least end this horrible away run in the last two games.
No doubt many of the Gunners players are thinking about the World Cup. However, that is still a month and a bit away, so they if they can muster just a bit more effort and then Leicester are there for the taking.
As Arsenal has proven in recent seasons, though, they have a tendency to miss these sorts of open goals. It would not surprise me to see the Gunners fail to win in the Midlands.
Can Arsenal end their poor away run at Leicester?