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  1. Charlie

    I think the new manager and his staff are still learning about the premier league. They know it’s different but like overseas players they still have to come to grips with its overall competiveness. Especially away games. With anticipated changes to the squad in the summer he will learn to adjust his game plan. Maybe that’s the reason why he is concentrating more on Europa where his expertise lies.

  2. CorporateMan

    I’m not convinced this manager and his staff have the tactical and intellectual nuances to effect these changes you advocate. And it’s not even an issue of being new to the PL; our manager’s away record even in his previous stations has been atrocious.

  3. hari nair

    No justification for the poor performance, No tactics, no strategy no planning no guts were seen in the last 4 matches of arsenal. We lost our heart and gutted.

  4. Brickfields Gunners

    I like to think that the management team have had enough time to assess the many problems, and will make the required changes in the close season.
    I just hope that the three central defenders not go up for freekicks , corners or become too gung ho , in joining the attack.

  5. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    Would Unai Emery guiding of Sevilla to 3 successive Europa League Cup wins in the past guarantee he will in his first season at Arsenal guide the club to win the Europa League Cup this season?

    I think Arsenal winning of Europa League Cup this season should not be taken for granted because Unai Emery, the current Arsenal head coach had thrice on the run led Sevilla to win the Cup when he was at the helm of the team there. To think such will automatically happens to Arsenal will be a mistake. For, Arsenal will win the Europa League Cup this season but if the Gunners play the winning games in the remaining 3 matches to win and win them all.

    True, the season end injuries suffered to Bellerin and Holding must have impacted negatively on Arsenal defending at away matches this season in the PL. This is so because the duo of Bellerin and Holding at the right side of Arsenal defense-line in a back four defence have formed a strong defensive partnership formation to give the desired defensive balance to the Arsenal defence in the PL matches. I think both Bellerin and Holding are specialist defenders for Arsenal at home and away but not just at home as we are seeing some defenders at Arsenal besides these duo, Koscielny and Monreal exhibiting poor defending for Arsenal at away matches in the PL. An unwelcome trend that has suddenly appeared to incurs to an Arsenal home match in the PL with their recent home lose to C Palace. This unwelcome situation must be arrested from prevailing in the remaining Arsenal last home match of the season against Brighton as Arsenal could still make it to a top four finish this season but if they beat Leicester and Burnley at Away.

    I think during the expected minor rebuilding of the Arsenal first team squad during the coming summer window, I believe the club will take into cognizant that the first team needs some new players with the right balance of playing very well in attack and defence at home and away matches in the PL and Ucl and sign them on.

  6. Anthony Smith


    Is Steve Bould still around? I thought he would have enough knowledge of away matches and how to defend….There are a few reserve defenders on Arsenal books who need trying before any speculative buying. I agree with the notion that Emery is learning about the EFl.

  7. Ando

    Anthony Smith –
    Yes Steve Bould is still around, saw him on the bench on tv for the CPFC game, looking bereft of clues as to what is wrong with the defence…as usual

    • NuttnTiddy

      I think it would help if we cut out a lot of stupid fouls causing excess cards and free kicks around the penalty area. Our main central defender has ten yellows but is not really a dirty player although he does tend to push, pull and tug. After a while it becomes a mind set that spreads through the team. Also this season some of our players are looking to dive every time they are touched, go to ground , sit there, and wave arms in the air and claim a foul. Yes, I know the standard of premier referees is very poor but trying to con them seems to make matters worse. and gets the crowds against the team. Just get up, get on with the game.
      We also need to sort out our corners so we do not get caught on the break by having most of the team in the opposing penalty area. Short corners can be a good tactic but we have a system where the two central defenders go up for the corner( as do most teams)a midfielder takes the corner by passing the ball a couple of yards to another of our midfielders who crosses the ball into the area where usually the opposing team heads clear to one of their players cutting out four or five of our players and causing an almighty panic rush to our own half.

  8. Scott

    Tony this article is really unnecessary. It goes without saying that to improve our points away we need to either score more, concede less or do both(that’s how points are gotten). It’s not new information that of these 3, the one arsenal has been accused of most(by those people you label AAA, media etc) has been the poor defence, this has been so since the later Wenger years, but your loyalty to wenger wouldn’t allow you accept it. So welcome to the AAA.
    Is it true that this is a better season than recent years? Depends on your perspective. You’ve selected the stats that say NO. Well let me put up the stats that support that view. Position on the table 15/16 2nd 10pts behind “Leicester”. Might be OK for you, but certainly not for ambitious fans. That season all the other big teams except Tottenham & arsenal did away with their managers, I believe that suggests they were not happy to have been beaten by ordinary Leicester. The AAA definitely didn’t think that was a good season either. 2016/17 5th. 18pts behind the champs, 1behind 4th placed Liverpool. Of course a bad season for some of us. 2017/18 6th, 63pts, 37 behind the champs.closer to relegation than the title. 12pts behind 4th place. A disaster of a season. This season 66pts with 3games to go. Already 3pts more than the total for last season. 4th place is possible. 23behind the champs. These stats suggest to me that for a while our seasons have been bad, last season being a disaster. Is this season better generally? Its up for debate at the least. Definitely better than last season. Room for improvement? More like fields for improvement, cutting down 37points to the champs and 12points behind 4th is key

    • Tony Attwood

      “Position on the table 15/16 2nd 10pts behind “Leicester”. Might be OK for you, but certainly not for ambitious fans.” We came second that year and yes it was ok for me, because I hoped it was a stepping stone forward. It turned out not to be, but yes I was hopeful at the time

      • Scott

        @Tony, fair enough. But most of us expected the other teams to react, which they in fact did. So, what I expected was that we would also prepare for this reaction instead of patting ourselves on the back and expecting the stars to align miraculously.

  9. Tony Ikpo

    I like your use of statistical data to highlight problems and proffer solutions. ‘ Having a stronger away from home defence ‘ as you suggest, could mean playing an ultra defensive formation aka Mourhino pack d bus! You think our fans will stand for that?
    I come to feel, reading through comments in various sites, that arsenal fans expect expansive free flowing football as against park busloads to avoid concerning goals.

  10. Tony Ikpo

    Why are my comments NEVER published? Are they only good for moderation?
    Perhaps am not invited here.
    Have a good day sir.

    • Tony Attwood

      Issues on what comments are published or not are shown in the Comments page. Comments held in moderation may take a while to clear if I am working on other matters.

  11. KampalaGun

    Thanks Tony,the questions everyone would ask does our coach have a first eleven? If you answer that then you will see where the ploblem is.
    Secondly Unai Is a specialist in Europa he might hope Im wrong be very much intrested in Europa rather than the Champions League. Afterall the winner plays with the winner in Champions League.

    • Tony Attwood

      KampalaGun I would not ask that, because I think that the only way we can compete with the teams with billions to spend is by having a squad and varying it depending onthe match and the venue.

  12. Andrew Crawshaw

    Off topic but our U23s are halfway through their final match of the season at the Emirates against Leicester and have a three nil advantage.

    Min 3 Charlie Gilmore with a Penalty after Bukayo Saka fouled in the box
    Min 5 Tyrece John-Jules with a simple finish following aCross from Gilmore
    Min 9 Bukayo Saka from a John- Jules assist

    Well done lads

    Gilmore and Saka are both 17, JohnJules is 18. Keep an eye open for them in the next couple of years

  13. Grimbo

    Old thread I know,but looking at these stats, one thing occurred to me – the loss of Santi Cazorla. Our away form starts to fall away after his long term injury in Oct 2016. Obviously he didn’t play in every single game prior to that, but the overall trend seems to be there. He was particularly good at keeping possession under pressure and providing an outlet from our defence, something important in away matches when the team is
    likely to come under periods of sustained pressure from the home side We haven’t had a player who could do this consistently until the arrival of Torreira, although after his bright start he seems to have been getting knocked off the ball a lot since December, when our away form dipped again.

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