Arsenal have only won three away League games in the whole season, and are currently on a record of five defeats in a row after losing 2-1 to Newcastle at St James Park on Sunday. Arsene Wenger was at a loss to explain the reason’s. He said after the game: “It’s a bit the story of the season. We had 70 per cent of the ball, were 1-0 up and in the end you lose 2-1 and you wonder how you can lose this game. That’s what happened today. I think the game could have been over at half-time. We conceded two goals from nowhere.
“In the second half I feel that some players paid a little bit physically having played the game on Thursday night in Moscow. We came back on Friday morning late. Overall we played with a good spirit but with a bad result. We have to deal with that unfortunately. It’s very disappointing because I feel it’s very harsh to swallow a defeat like that, and the way we conceded three points today.”
It is very harsh to swallow any defeat to lowly sides, and other than Newcastle we have also lost Swansea, Brighton, Tottenham and Bournemouth in this losing run, and it doesn’t sound like Wenger knows how to stop the rot. “Of course it’s a concern because traditionally we have a very strong record away from home.” He said. It has a subconscious weight in our minds. Once you’re in a negative spiral like that, it’s very difficult to get out.”
If we do not get out of it we are in real danger of losing our 6th place spot to Burnley, and with our next away match scheduled is a trip to Old Trafford, where Jose Mourinho will be relishing the chance to see Man United destroy us again.
So if Wenger doesn’t know how to get us out of this spiral, perhaps the fans could give him some ideas?