Arsenal suffered a 3-1 defeat at Premier League champions 3-1 at Etihad Stadium on Sunday. The result was not a shocking one considering the Citizens are formidable at home and Arsenal are poor travels. The defeat at City is understandable, but the fact that the Gunners have now lost four of their last five away matches in the top-flight is concerning.
Away form was a concern prior to Unai Emery’s appointment
To be fair to Gunners boss Unai Emery, the team’s away form has been a concern for a good while now. In fact, the team from north London have won just five times in 21 games on their travels in the top-flight.
Four of those five away wins came in a six-game unbeaten run on their travels in the top-flight earlier this season. At that point of the campaign, it seemed that Emery had fixed one of the Gunners most prevalent problems of recent seasons.
However, it seems the Gunners are still struggling for points away from home in the Premier League. To put those results into context, Arsenal have faced trips to Manchester United, Liverpool and City on their current winless run.
Emery’s team have also failed to win in trips to Southampton, Brighton and West Ham, which are games Arsenal would expect to pick up points in. The Gunners picked up just one point in those three games on their travels.
Maybe it comes down to Arsenal’s absence of mental strength, which is something that is a long-running problem for the Gunners. In many away games, you have to fight and withstand major pressure from the home side. If you head into games with a complacent attitude then you can be punished, which is what has happened to Arsenal in recent seasons.
Well in the race for the top four
The Gunners may have fallen to sixth place over the weekend, but they are still well in the race for a top four spot this season. Emery’s side are now odds of 3/1 to clinch a Champions League spot this season. Those odds make the Gunners sixth favourites to book their place in Europe’s elite competition next season.
A trip to bottom of the table Huddersfield this weekend should offer the Gunners a cure for their six-game winless run on the road. If it does not, then serious questions will need to be asked about the player’s attitudes.
Who is responsible for Arsenal’s recent poor away form?