'Arsenal's embarrassing away form goes on'

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The Gunners’ Premier League campaign has essentially been over for months and it’s seemingly impossible for the players to give Arsene Wenger the send-off he deserves.

10th May 2018

I just don’t understand how Arsenal’s away form contradicts their performances at the Emirates Stadium across the entirety of the season. 

To put this statement into perspective, the Gunners are currently second in the league’s home table, winning 15 and drawing two of their 19 games in north London.

However, their away form is similar to that of a team fighting relegation with only THREE wins across 18 games. For a club the size of Arsenal, that statistic is absolutely embarrassing.

To make matters worse, the Gunners are one of the only football clubs in all of European football who have failed to register a single point away from home in 2018.

The Gunners’ eleventh defeat on the road this season came at the hands of Leicester City. In the opening 15 minutes, the away side had a day to forget after Kelechi Iheanacho opened the scoring for the home side whilst exciting defender Konstantinos Mavropanos was handed a red card minutes later.

As usual, the Gunners were exploited as a Fousseni Diabaté header was struck by the Nigerian forward. As for the Mavropanos red card, the Greek defender fouled the former goalscorer when he was through on goal.

I feel the offence was fair, and the young defender will hopefully learn from his mistake.

Throughout a majority of the game, Petr Cech was fairly busy between the posts. The Arsenal back four were often exploited with the likes of Harry Maguire, Iheanacho, and Adrien Silva all going close.

It’s games like this that are really a testament as to how poor Arsenal are defensively.

Despite this contest not having much importance overall, conceding so many goals as a result of defensive errors really is a cause for concern.

Whoever is brought in to manage the Gunners next season must prioritise bolstering the current defensive options and teach them how to defend properly.

Soon after the second-half started, Arsenal were able to get back on level terms thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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A fantastic pass from Granit Xhaka found Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who raced past the opposition and crossed the ball to the 28-year-old, who scored following a rebounded shot.

In what has been a fairly poor season for the club, the emergence of the Gabonese forward has been without a doubt one of the best moments of the season.

Signing a striker of his quality for approximately £50 million was a fantastic piece of business by the club and I’m really excited to seeing how he performs next season under new management.

However, as expected, the home side took the lead, and eventually the game, thanks to goals from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.

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The former scored from the spot following a foul by Henrikh Mkhitaryan on Demarai Gray and the latter scored the Foxes’ third of the night from a fantastic counter attack. 

It’s been a really poor season for the club as a result of their abysmal performances away from the home.

With Arsene Wenger’s final ever game managing Arsenal, and potentially the last of his managerial career, taking place this weekend I just hope the players switch on and give the legendary Frenchman one last victory that he rightfully deserves.

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