Arsenal need to get a lot of things right if we are to have any hope of lifting the Premier League trophy in May, as well as needing the teams facing the two clubs above us in the table doing us a favour by taking points off Leicester and Tottenham. One former Gunner who knows what it takes to win is Ray Parlour and he has identified one particular area where the Gunners must improve.
Parlour was speaking to Sky Sports about the title run in and although he declared his belief that Arsenal were still in it and could surprise everyone by finishing on top, there was one thing that he is worried about and that was the way the team have been performing at the Emirates Stadium.
There is no doubt that Arsenal have struggled at home recently, losing in the FA cup to Watford and in the league to Swansea in our last two matches there. But with five of the remaining matches being on our own turf, Wenger and the players have to find a way to put this right and find it fast.
Parlour said, “I think they’ve got to still be alive. They’ve got five home games left, but three tough away games – West Ham, Manchester City in the second from last game of the season and Sunderland, who will be fighting for their lives.
“But their homes games you would expect them to win. That’s going to be the problem, their home form – is it good enough?
“We saw them get beaten by Swansea and Watford in the FA Cup, so they’ve got to improve on that. Away from home, it hasn’t been too bad – a good performance against Everton, who were pretty poor, but Arsenal had to do what they had to do.
“[Wenger] will be saying to be positive and to keep going. Arsenal have just got to stay in there and hope that Leicester and Tottenham make a mistake.”
He didn’t say it, but I wonder if the midfielder was sending a message out to the Arsenal fans here. Is it time to forget the protests for a bit and get behind the team until our chance of the title is gone?