Arsenal’s first three matches welcomed the return of the English Premier League to an away match. Two of them ended in defeat.
Arsenal lost to Manchester City 3-0. The result might be predicted by many parties considering the previous match record and the ranking of the standings. The Gunners also failed to win points when they visited the Brighton headquarters. Once again, the match record has been five matches Arsenal failed to win against The Seagulls.
The North London team has indeed changed managers. Unai Emery only lasted less than a year and a half ago Mikel Arteta was appointed as a permanent replacement. However, Arsenal’s performance in the English Premier League when visiting the opposing stadium has not changed.
The last time Arsenal won three points in an away match was in December 2019 at home to West Ham. Already 195 days ago.
Even looking further back, Arsenal have only one other away win in the English Premier League this season; 1-0 over Newcastle in the opening match of the 2019/20 season.
Now Arsenal are 10th in the standings eight points adrift of Chelsea in the top four. The target of chasing the Champions League is difficult to achieve, thus heading the Europa League.
If there is a miracle then Arteta’s men need it for the remaining four away games until the end of the season. After Emery was sacked, Arsenal’s management appointed Freddie Ljungberg as caretaker manager. Then came Arteta.
Arteta, who was Pep Guardiola’s former assistant, was initially reluctant to be released by The Cityzens to Emirates. Style of play that relies on the control of the ball is expected to return Arsenal to the heyday of The Arsenal Way. Even Arsene Wenger believes Arteta can do it.
In the honeymoon period with Arteta, the hopes of Arsenal supporters soared thanks to the results of unbeaten for 10 consecutive matches in all competitions.
However, lately Arsenal’s performance has declined again. Arteta has not been able to match Emery and Ljungberg’s away record in the Premier League this season.
Emery once won from six matches. Ljungberg, although he never entered the plan to become a permanent manager, was also very successful in winning three league games. Arteta is still waiting for this opportunity after going through six Premier League trips.
See the rest of Arsenal’s away schedule this season: Southampton, Sheffield United, Wolves, Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa. That opportunity still exists.
Note on July 12, 2020, the North London Derby will be very important not only for Arsenal but also management’s trust in Arteta next season.