Arsene Wenger hopes Arsenal can replicate their impressive home form when they take to the road in the final weeks of the season.
The Gunners have endured a torrid time of things away from the Emirates this season, collecting only 13 points from a possible 45.
In total, we’ve won three games, drawn four and lost eight – form that has killed our chances of qualifying for the Champions League via a top four finish. Based on away form alone, we’d be 12th in the league, only six points better off than West Bromwich Albion.
Having had postponed games rescheduled, Arsenal still have four more away games in the Premier League. Tomorrow we travel to St James Park to face Newcastle and later have to tackle Manchester United, Leicester City and Huddersfield Town.
“There are certainly a few factors but there’s no real rationality in there,” said the boss when asked about his side’s away form.
“After we have lost one or two, the confidence drops a little bit.
“We were sometimes unlucky and sometimes maybe defensively we weren’t stable enough.
“It would be good for us to finish strong away from home now in the Premier League.”
As we turn our attention to a Europa League semi-final double-header with Atletico Madrid it seems likely that squad rotation will play a big part in the final weeks.
One man the boss will counting on is new striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Cup-tied in Europe the Gabon international will inevitably be selected to lead the line in the league. Having scored in four consecutive games, the boss is pleased to see hard work on the training ground paying dividends.
“He’s worked hard,” noted Wenger. “I feel he was not completely ready physically when he joined us but he worked very hard in training.
“He worked a lot technically as well, and has improved his touch. He’s quick now, sharp, intelligent and I think he enjoys being part of the group. You feel that when he plays and that’s why he’s very interesting.
“Also we need some fresh players over the weekend, so he always sure to play!”