Courtesy of their defeat against Leicester City last night, Arsenal are still without a point away from home in 2018. In case you haven’t checked your calendar lately, it’s May, and in case you’re curious, the Gunners are the only team in the entire English football league system to possess an away record as poor as that this year. Some will call that baffling, but as the games have gone on, it makes all the sense in the world.
This is an Arsenal team that has such little confidence, they’ve almost resigned themselves to being intimidated into defeat when they go away from home. Even against the Foxes, who barely have anything to play for, they were outmatched despite it being Arsene Wenger’s penultimate game as manager of the club. That’s unacceptable in more ways than one, and there are several issues that fans continue to point out with this.
Firstly, it means that there are likely a handful of first-team players who aren’t happy in North London. Some may think that’s a crazy assumption to make, but just analyse the evidence – Wenger has already announced that he’s leaving, so surely they should be looking forward to a new era with a brand new manager in charge, right? Instead, they aren’t putting everything they have into these final few games. So, either they’re incredibly disrespectful, or they’re just waiting to be put on the market in the summer transfer window.
But above that, the biggest issue stems from the impending arrival of the new manager. Regardless of who it is, the gaffer may be coming into a club that has a huge, huge cloud looming over them if they’re unable to pick up a point against Huddersfield Town. Because the season is coming to an end, Arsenal won’t have the chance to rectify their poor away record in competitive games until at least August.
That’s utterly bizarre, and instead of focusing on the task at hand of trying to revitalise the club, the manager will be having to deal with a parade of questions surrounding their away record. That’s unfair on him, and it’s unfair on the fans – because you just know that they’re going to receive mass amounts of stick on social media for it.
What can be done to change the club’s poor away record?