By William Hill
16th January 2019
Arsenal remain poised on the brink of overcoming last season’s distinctly disappointing Premier League away points tally after going down 1-0 to West Ham at the London Stadium.
The Gunners were pushed out from 3/1 to 5/1 in the Premier League top four betting after failing to win for the fifth top-flight away game in succession.
Soft start appears to have masked continuing away failings for Arsenal
The Gunners’ ropey road form in the league in 2017/18 was a symptom of the lack of defensive discipline and fighting spirit that saw Arsene Wenger hounded out of the Emirates.
Arsenal won just four top-flight matches away from home last season and while they’ve already equalled that tally under Unai Emery, the quality of foes they’ve managed to defeat on their travels is hardly evidence they’ve turned a corner.
Cardiff, Newcastle, Fulham and a tanking Bournemouth are the victims in question, the first three of which sit 17th, 18th and 19th in the table, while the latter have lost nine of their last 12 divisional outings after a positive start.
Suspicions that Emery has done little to make the Gunners a more formidable force away from home in the Premier League are further aroused by their defensive record beyond the confines of the Emirates Stadium.
Only two teams, the Cottagers and the Cherries, have shipped more goals on their divisional travels this season than the 22 given up by Arsenal and while the outlier 5-1 loss to Liverpool is a major contributor to that number, most of their top-flight rivals have also visited big teams by now.
Fortunately for Emery, his side are at home in their next Premier League fixture, but that’s not stopped the William Hill traders pricing them up as 15/8 match betting outsiders to beat Chelsea.
The Gunners went down 3-2 to the Blues at Stamford Bridge in their first Premier League road game of the campaign back in August, but their record on their own patch, the third-best in the division, will afford them some hope of achieving a better result this time around.