Arsenal headed into Sunday afternoon’s game against Manchester United at Old Trafford with a weakened side. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger fielded a mixture of young and fringe players in the clash.
The team from north London actually produced a decent display. They were unfortunate to lose 2-1 courtesy of a stoppage-time Marouane Fellaini winner. Despite the positive performance, the game saw Arsenal suffer yet another away defeat in the Premier League. The Gunners away record this season is a woeful one.
Not gained an away point in 2018
Arsenal have now lost all six of their away games in the Premier League on their travels. To make matters worse, the Gunners have also conceded at least two goals in five of their six defeats.
In fact, the team from north London has now won just three of their last 17 away games in the Premier League. It really is grim reading for Arsenal fans.
When it comes to away records, only the teams in the bottom seven of the Premier League table have worse records on their travels, which is quite damning for the Gunners.
Change of boss, change of mentality
The appointment of a new boss this summer will mean a change of mentality. Arsenal have been mentality weak in recent seasons, especially away from home.
The arrival of a new boss will mean new players coming in and players leaving, so that is bound to lead to a difference at home and away. Hopefully, for Arsenal, it will lead to a big improvement in the Gunners form on their travels. If it does not, then Gunners are going to continue to struggle to win on their travels and fail to be successful.
A daunting trip to Madrid
Prior to the change of boss in the summer, Arsenal face a daunting trip to Madrid on Thursday night to face Atletico Madrid for the Europa League semi-final second leg. The Gunners are currently odds of 9/2 to win the game and progress past the Spanish side.
The first leg finished 1-1 at the Emirates Stadium, which has left the Gunners with an almighty task to progress into the final of the competition.
Arsenal have won four of their six games on their travels in the Europa League, losing just once. However, Atletico Madrid have won ten of their last 11 games on their travels in all competitions. Diego Simeone’s side have also kept 11 consecutive clean sheets on home soil. Arsenal needs to score and hope that Atletico have a rare off day at home.
It would be a major achievement to make it past Atletico and win the Europa League. It would be some send-off for Arsene Wenger, but judging by their recent away form that is anything but guaranteed.
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