Arsene Wenger says that his away record holds up to scrutiny despite it being poor in recent times, and insists that his team should be able to perform whether they’re playing at the Emirates or elsewhere.
You have to go back to January 2015 for the Gunners last win away at one of the so-called big sides. Goals from Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud gave Arsenal a 2-0 win at the Etihad, but since then they have failed to win a game on the road against Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool or Sp*rs.
The sequence does not make for pretty reading:
Arsenal away at last season's top six, last 13 games
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However, the Arsenal manager was quick to defend his record overall, speaking ahead of the Chelsea game at Stamford Bridge this Sunday.
“If you look at my record you’ll see I played two years in England in the Premier League without losing a game away from home,” he said.
“Last year, until we lost at Everton, we had not lost away the whole year. So after that we lost at Man City, and it’s true it gave us a bit of a problem of confidence away from home.
“But I don’t really believe in that. The pitch is 105 metres long and 68 wide, everywhere.
“And never in my life I could understand that it’s different away from home. It’s just a matter of how much you want it, wherever you play.
“That’s about football, so it’s a good opportunity to show that we have that quality.”
We’ll see on Sunday how much Arsenal want it and if they have the quality to get a result, especially following the heavy defeat at Anfield at the end of August.
That, says Wenger, is something his players can use against Chelsea.
“I believe that we had a bad performance at Liverpool,” he said, “which I never denied.
“And that should be an even bigger motivation for us to turn up with a quality performance on Sunday.”