Arsenal’s away woes emphasised by remarkably bad clean sheet record this season
Unai Emery’s debut season as Arsenal manager can be fairly judged as a good one… but it is clear there is one problem he just cannot solve.
The Gunners continue to battle for a top four finish and remain in the Europa League, and they’ve shown a real improvement from Arsene Wenger’s final term in charge.
However, Arsenal’s promising Premier League campaign is almost entirely down to their home form, with the Gunners the third best team in the division based only upon their results at the Emirates Stadium.
Things have not been so good when Arsenal travel away from home, however.
Incredibly, Arsenal currently sit 10th in the Premier League away form table, behind the likes of Leicester, Crystal Palace and Watford, as well as the other five of their top six rivals.
While Emery’s side have scored 39 goals and conceded just 12 in 17 home matches, they’ve actually conceded more than they’ve scored on their travels.
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Their record stands at 26 goals scored and 28 goals conceded in 15 away matches, and real questions have been asked of Emery over Arsenal’s complete lack of defensive solidity when they visit their rivals.
The Gunners’ woeful defence is emphasised by a quite remarkable record – a record extended when Arsenal took on Everton on Sunday afternoon.
Marco Silva’s Toffees took the lead with Phil Jagielka netting inside the opening 10 minutes, to make it another away goal conceded for Arsenal.
And, incredibly, this goal meant Arsenal have played the whole 2018/19 Premier League season to date without keeping a SINGLE clean sheet away from home.
In fact, Arsenal have kept just one clean sheet away from home in their past 25 matches – at Huddersfield in the final game of Wenger’s reign as manager.
They are the only team to have failed to keep an away clean sheet this season.
The Gunners even conceded when they visited Huddersfield this season, despite the Terriers managing to net just eight times at the John Smith’s Stadium all term.
Arsenal have four away matches remaining this season as they seek to end their clean sheet hoodoo, though given their trips are to Watford, Wolves, Leicester and Burnley, there is a real chance the Gunners may go the entire season without keeping a single clean sheet away from home.
Source: SportsLatest TS