With no wins on the road since November, a lot is being made of Arsenal’s away form this season, especially as it threatens to derail a push for the top four and potentially the club’s Europa League campaign, as well.
And Unai Emery believes an improvement in player mentality is required if the Gunners are to rediscover their best form on their travels.
During his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s trip to rock bottom Huddersfield Town, Emery was asked if his team’s away day blues have been down to tactical or mental problems.
“Maybe both. It can be… at the end, the reason we didn’t take the same balance as we have shown at home.
“I spoke with the players (and told them) we need to think this match is very important for us and every player needs to be ready, be focused and be thinking we need to win this match.
“Imposing ourselves from the first minute, and throughout the 90 minutes, our capacity against them – but first is the mentality.
“For us, tactically, is the second issue. The first is to think we need to win and after it’s how we can win this match – (in terms of) preparing tactically and individually.”
The Gunners are six Premier League games without a victory on the road and the lack of form stretches back to long before Emery’s arrival.
In fact, Arsenal have won just 17 of their last 50 away games since August 2016, with the last of those victories coming during a 2-1 triumph over Bournemouth on 25th November.
And, while tomorrow’s game against the struggling Terriers presents the perfect opportunity to rectify the recent run of wretched form, Emery concedes that it will not be an easy game in Yorkshire.
“We started very well away, changing our mentality, but now we need to recover this confidence, to recover this performance and the next opportunity is Saturday against Huddersfield.
“But it is difficult. These matches are difficult and they are playing for the possibility to continue in the Premier League.”
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(h/t the independent)