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FILE - In this Thursday, March 8, 2018 file photo Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger waits for the kick-off of the Europa League, round of 16 first-leg soccer match between AC Milan and Arsenal, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he will leave the English club at the end of the season after more than 21 years in charge. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, March 8, 2018 file photo Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger waits for the kick-off of the Europa League, round of 16 first-leg soccer match between AC Milan and Arsenal, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he will leave the English club at the end of the season after more than 21 years in charge. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, March 8, 2018 file photo Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger waits for the kick-off of the Europa League, round of 16 first-leg soccer match between AC Milan and Arsenal, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he will leave the English club at the end of the season after more than 21 years in charge. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, March 8, 2018 file photo Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger waits for the kick-off of the Europa League, round of 16 first-leg soccer match between AC Milan and Arsenal, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he will leave the English club at the end of the season after more than 21 years in charge. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, March 8, 2018 file photo Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger waits for the kick-off of the Europa League, round of 16 first-leg soccer match between AC Milan and Arsenal, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he will leave the English club at the end of the season after more than 21 years in charge. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, March 8, 2018 file photo Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger waits for the kick-off of the Europa League, round of 16 first-leg soccer match between AC Milan and Arsenal, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he will leave the English club at the end of the season after more than 21 years in charge. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)
<p>Gattuso wary of challenge for Milan&#39;s European place</p>
Gattuso wary of challenge for Milan's European place

Gattuso wary of challenge for Milan's European place

AC Milan must work hard to hold off pressure in the race for a Europa League place, says coach Gennaro Gattuso.
Gattuso wary of challenge for Milan's European place
AC Milan must work hard to hold off pressure in the race for a Europa League place, says coach Gennaro Gattuso.
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg - Arsenal vs AC Milan - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - March 15, 2018 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reacts REUTERS/David Klein/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg - Arsenal vs AC Milan
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg - Arsenal vs AC Milan - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - March 15, 2018 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reacts REUTERS/David Klein/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg - Arsenal vs AC Milan - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - March 15, 2018 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reacts REUTERS/David Klein/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg - Arsenal vs AC Milan
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg - Arsenal vs AC Milan - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - March 15, 2018 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reacts REUTERS/David Klein/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg - Arsenal vs AC Milan - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - March 15, 2018 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reacts REUTERS/David Klein/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg - Arsenal vs AC Milan
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg - Arsenal vs AC Milan - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - March 15, 2018 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reacts REUTERS/David Klein/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg - Arsenal vs AC Milan - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - March 15, 2018 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reacts REUTERS/David Klein/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg - Arsenal vs AC Milan
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg - Arsenal vs AC Milan - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - March 15, 2018 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reacts REUTERS/David Klein/File Photo
<p>Maybe it is my fault - Gattuso takes responsibility for AC Milan&#39;s winless run</p>
Maybe it is my fault - Gattuso takes responsibility for AC Milan's winless run

Maybe it is my fault - Gattuso takes responsibility for AC Milan's winless run

<p>Maybe it is my fault - Gattuso takes responsibility for AC Milan&#39;s winless run</p>
Maybe it is my fault - Gattuso takes responsibility for AC Milan's winless run

Maybe it is my fault - Gattuso takes responsibility for AC Milan's winless run

Gennaro Gattuso has taken the responsibility for AC Milan&#39;s lack of attacking prowess following their 1-1 draw with Torino in Serie A.
Maybe it is my fault - Gattuso takes responsibility for AC Milan's winless run
Gennaro Gattuso has taken the responsibility for AC Milan's lack of attacking prowess following their 1-1 draw with Torino in Serie A.
<p>Torino 1 AC Milan 1: Donnarumma error proves costly</p>
Torino 1 AC Milan 1: Donnarumma error proves costly

Torino 1 AC Milan 1: Donnarumma error proves costly

Lorenzo De Silvestri capitalised on Gianluigi Donnarumma&#39;s error to earn Torino a 1-1 draw with AC Milan in Serie A.
Torino 1 AC Milan 1: Donnarumma error proves costly
Lorenzo De Silvestri capitalised on Gianluigi Donnarumma's error to earn Torino a 1-1 draw with AC Milan in Serie A.
The Italy international has the quality and mentality to recover from a difficult year with Torino, according to man who worked with him at Palermo
AC Milan target Belotti earns Shevchenko comparison from Gattuso
The Italy international has the quality and mentality to recover from a difficult year with Torino, according to man who worked with him at Palermo
<p>AC Milan target Belotti earns Shevchenko comparison from Gattuso</p>
AC Milan target Belotti earns Shevchenko comparison from Gattuso

AC Milan target Belotti earns Shevchenko comparison from Gattuso

<p>AC Milan target Belotti earns Shevchenko comparison from Gattuso</p>
AC Milan target Belotti earns Shevchenko comparison from Gattuso

AC Milan target Belotti earns Shevchenko comparison from Gattuso

<p>Gattuso rules out repeat of AC Milan&#39;s €200m summer transfer splurge</p>
Gattuso rules out repeat of AC Milan's €200m summer transfer splurge

Gattuso rules out repeat of AC Milan's €200m summer transfer splurge

<p>Gattuso rules out repeat of AC Milan&#39;s €200m summer transfer splurge</p>
Gattuso rules out repeat of AC Milan's €200m summer transfer splurge

Gattuso rules out repeat of AC Milan's €200m summer transfer splurge

The Rossoneri will not be quite as active in the upcoming transfer window as they were during the off-season of 2017, according to their head coach
Gattuso rules out repeat of AC Milan's €200m summer transfer splurge
The Rossoneri will not be quite as active in the upcoming transfer window as they were during the off-season of 2017, according to their head coach
The Rossoneri will not be quite as active in the upcoming transfer window as they were during the off-season of 2017, according to their head coach
Gattuso rules out repeat of AC Milan's €200m summer transfer splurge
The Rossoneri will not be quite as active in the upcoming transfer window as they were during the off-season of 2017, according to their head coach
<p>Gattuso predicts quiet Milan transfer window</p>
Gattuso predicts quiet Milan transfer window

Gattuso predicts quiet Milan transfer window

<p>Gattuso predicts quiet Milan transfer window</p>
Gattuso predicts quiet Milan transfer window

Gattuso predicts quiet Milan transfer window

AC Milan will not be quite as active in the upcoming transfer window, according to head coach Gennaro Gattuso.
Gattuso predicts quiet Milan transfer window
AC Milan will not be quite as active in the upcoming transfer window, according to head coach Gennaro Gattuso.
The Italy international has the quality and mentality to recover from a difficult year with Torino, according to man who worked with him at Palermo
AC Milan target Belotti earns Shevchenko comparison from Gattuso
The Italy international has the quality and mentality to recover from a difficult year with Torino, according to man who worked with him at Palermo
The Milan goalkeeper insists he is unaware where he will end up this summer, choosing to trust such affairs to his representative
Real Madrid target Donnarumma: My future is in Raiola's hands
The Milan goalkeeper insists he is unaware where he will end up this summer, choosing to trust such affairs to his representative
The Milan goalkeeper insists he is unaware where he will end up this summer, choosing to trust such affairs to his representative
Real Madrid target Donnarumma: My future is in Raiola's hands
The Milan goalkeeper insists he is unaware where he will end up this summer, choosing to trust such affairs to his representative
After drawing 0-0 with AC Milan, Marek Hamsik and Napoli refuse to give up on the possibility of winning Serie A.
We will fight to the end, insists Napoli skipper Hamsik
After drawing 0-0 with AC Milan, Marek Hamsik and Napoli refuse to give up on the possibility of winning Serie A.
Take a glance at Arsenal&#39;s recent form and you would be forgiven for wondering whether anything really was wrong. Before Sunday&#39;s loss at Newcastle there was the late rescued draw at CSKA Moscow, and prior to that Arsene Wenger&#39;s men had won six games on the bounce. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has hit some form, Aaron Ramsey is back to something approaching his free-roaming best and Danny Welbeck has at least temporarily overcome his persistent injury problems. But there is a truth in there, masked by the fact that Arsenal played - and won - five home games in a row. On the road, it has been a different story. Europa League wins at fallen giants AC Milan and Swedish minnows are Arsenal&#39;s only away wins in all competitions in 2018. In the league, they have lost every away game this year. Astonishingly, Arsenal are the only team in the top four tiers of English football who have yet to register a single point away from home this year. Away points in 2018 And it gets worse. This is the first time since December 1984 that Arsenal have lost five successive away league games. Sunday saw their 11th away defeat in the league this season, their joint-worst tally under Wenger. Arsenal have now dropped 14 points from winning positions away from home, which is the most in the Premier League this season. And Arsenal are three points closer to West Brom at the bottom of the table than they are to Manchester City at the top. Points dropped from winning positions away from home There is the important caveat that Wenger is focusing his efforts on winning the Europa League, Arsenal&#39;s only remaining route back into the Champions League. It was around this time last season that Manchester United went five games without a league win and finally fell away from the top four, but it worked out elsewhere, as they won the Europa League. With a tough semi-final draw against Atletico Madrid and all of their eggs in that basket, Wenger could have done with turning a fairly comfortable 1-0 lead at St James&#39; Park into a first away win in months, if only to maintain the momentum of those recent wins. Using these games does indeed seem like a good chance to give youngsters like Joe Willock a chance, as Wenger did on Sunday, and you can see the reasoning in resting Mesut Ozil and Hector Bellerin. But it was still important to arrest this slide. There have been ongoing problems away from home for months now, with bright starts rarely built upon like they are at the Emirates. Momentum matters At home, Arsenal seem able to gather momentum in a way they cannot on the road. The team is buoyed by something as insignificant as a half-chance, and once they get going they are hard to stop. The 2-2 draw with Chelsea is the only league game this season they have scored first at home and failed to win. Arsenal scored three goals in the final 15 minutes against Stoke recently - which is typical of them at home Credit: Getty images Arsenal score in waves at home. In nine of their 17 league games at the Emirates this season Arsenal have scored twice or more in the space of 10 minutes. They have scored three in the space of 15 minutes on five separate occasions. Away from home, meanwhile, they have scored more than one goal only twice - in the 5-2 win at Everton and the 3-2 win at Crystal Palace. They simply don&#39;t build on positives in the same manner. Alexandre Lacazette&#39;s opening goal at Newcastle on Sunday suggested there could be life in his partnership with Aubameyang, but there was no onslaught after going ahead. Instead they retreated, inviting pressure that a central defence of Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding could not withstand. No joy on the break Opportunities arose on the counter, but that remains an aspect of their game that seemingly isn&#39;t trained. Arsenal are one of five teams who have not scored a single counter-attacking goal this season, along with Swansea, Burnley, Bournemouth and Brighton. Arsenal, though, with plenty of pace and passing ability in their ranks, have had more shots from counter-attacking situations than all four of those teams combined. Counter-attacking goals Counter-attacks, especially away from home, provide the chances to kills games off once you go ahead. The instructions under Wenger seem to be to simply continue as before, even when the complexion of a game is palpably changed by the first goal. Psychological issues Is there a problem with the psychology of Arsenal&#39;s players? Arsenal fell to pieces at Newcastle after Lacazette&#39;s early goal Credit: Getty images There was a time when a physical approach and red-hot atmosphere was needed to wrestle a win from Arsenal. On Sunday, however, it wasn&#39;t as though St James&#39; Park was rocking and the visiting players cowered under immense pressure. It ended up a run-of-the-mill win that Newcastle didn&#39;t even have to work that had for. Arsenal&#39;s players went into themselves once they were ahead, losing any swagger they had shown earlier on, and as soon as Newcastle had a sniff, Arsenal withered. It was a similar story to defeats at Bournemouth and Swansea back in January. There&#39;s no doubt that Arsenal&#39;s squad is no longer good enough and improvements are needed across the pitch, but the team that played on Sunday included four players signed for more than £30m and a host of internationals. They still had more than enough to hold onto their lead. This is a side which amounts to far less than the sum of its parts.
Why are Arsenal so desperately poor away from home?
Take a glance at Arsenal's recent form and you would be forgiven for wondering whether anything really was wrong. Before Sunday's loss at Newcastle there was the late rescued draw at CSKA Moscow, and prior to that Arsene Wenger's men had won six games on the bounce. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has hit some form, Aaron Ramsey is back to something approaching his free-roaming best and Danny Welbeck has at least temporarily overcome his persistent injury problems. But there is a truth in there, masked by the fact that Arsenal played - and won - five home games in a row. On the road, it has been a different story. Europa League wins at fallen giants AC Milan and Swedish minnows are Arsenal's only away wins in all competitions in 2018. In the league, they have lost every away game this year. Astonishingly, Arsenal are the only team in the top four tiers of English football who have yet to register a single point away from home this year. Away points in 2018 And it gets worse. This is the first time since December 1984 that Arsenal have lost five successive away league games. Sunday saw their 11th away defeat in the league this season, their joint-worst tally under Wenger. Arsenal have now dropped 14 points from winning positions away from home, which is the most in the Premier League this season. And Arsenal are three points closer to West Brom at the bottom of the table than they are to Manchester City at the top. Points dropped from winning positions away from home There is the important caveat that Wenger is focusing his efforts on winning the Europa League, Arsenal's only remaining route back into the Champions League. It was around this time last season that Manchester United went five games without a league win and finally fell away from the top four, but it worked out elsewhere, as they won the Europa League. With a tough semi-final draw against Atletico Madrid and all of their eggs in that basket, Wenger could have done with turning a fairly comfortable 1-0 lead at St James' Park into a first away win in months, if only to maintain the momentum of those recent wins. Using these games does indeed seem like a good chance to give youngsters like Joe Willock a chance, as Wenger did on Sunday, and you can see the reasoning in resting Mesut Ozil and Hector Bellerin. But it was still important to arrest this slide. There have been ongoing problems away from home for months now, with bright starts rarely built upon like they are at the Emirates. Momentum matters At home, Arsenal seem able to gather momentum in a way they cannot on the road. The team is buoyed by something as insignificant as a half-chance, and once they get going they are hard to stop. The 2-2 draw with Chelsea is the only league game this season they have scored first at home and failed to win. Arsenal scored three goals in the final 15 minutes against Stoke recently - which is typical of them at home Credit: Getty images Arsenal score in waves at home. In nine of their 17 league games at the Emirates this season Arsenal have scored twice or more in the space of 10 minutes. They have scored three in the space of 15 minutes on five separate occasions. Away from home, meanwhile, they have scored more than one goal only twice - in the 5-2 win at Everton and the 3-2 win at Crystal Palace. They simply don't build on positives in the same manner. Alexandre Lacazette's opening goal at Newcastle on Sunday suggested there could be life in his partnership with Aubameyang, but there was no onslaught after going ahead. Instead they retreated, inviting pressure that a central defence of Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding could not withstand. No joy on the break Opportunities arose on the counter, but that remains an aspect of their game that seemingly isn't trained. Arsenal are one of five teams who have not scored a single counter-attacking goal this season, along with Swansea, Burnley, Bournemouth and Brighton. Arsenal, though, with plenty of pace and passing ability in their ranks, have had more shots from counter-attacking situations than all four of those teams combined. Counter-attacking goals Counter-attacks, especially away from home, provide the chances to kills games off once you go ahead. The instructions under Wenger seem to be to simply continue as before, even when the complexion of a game is palpably changed by the first goal. Psychological issues Is there a problem with the psychology of Arsenal's players? Arsenal fell to pieces at Newcastle after Lacazette's early goal Credit: Getty images There was a time when a physical approach and red-hot atmosphere was needed to wrestle a win from Arsenal. On Sunday, however, it wasn't as though St James' Park was rocking and the visiting players cowered under immense pressure. It ended up a run-of-the-mill win that Newcastle didn't even have to work that had for. Arsenal's players went into themselves once they were ahead, losing any swagger they had shown earlier on, and as soon as Newcastle had a sniff, Arsenal withered. It was a similar story to defeats at Bournemouth and Swansea back in January. There's no doubt that Arsenal's squad is no longer good enough and improvements are needed across the pitch, but the team that played on Sunday included four players signed for more than £30m and a host of internationals. They still had more than enough to hold onto their lead. This is a side which amounts to far less than the sum of its parts.
Take a glance at Arsenal&#39;s recent form and you would be forgiven for wondering whether anything really was wrong. Before Sunday&#39;s loss at Newcastle there was the late rescued draw at CSKA Moscow, and prior to that Arsene Wenger&#39;s men had won six games on the bounce. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has hit some form, Aaron Ramsey is back to something approaching his free-roaming best and Danny Welbeck has at least temporarily overcome his persistent injury problems. But there is a truth in there, masked by the fact that Arsenal played - and won - five home games in a row. On the road, it has been a different story. Europa League wins at fallen giants AC Milan and Swedish minnows are Arsenal&#39;s only away wins in all competitions in 2018. In the league, they have lost every away game this year. Astonishingly, Arsenal are the only team in the top four tiers of English football who have yet to register a single point away from home this year. Away points in 2018 And it gets worse. This is the first time since December 1984 that Arsenal have lost five successive away league games. Sunday saw their 11th away defeat in the league this season, their joint-worst tally under Wenger. Arsenal have now dropped 14 points from winning positions away from home, which is the most in the Premier League this season. And Arsenal are three points closer to West Brom at the bottom of the table than they are to Manchester City at the top. Points dropped from winning positions away from home There is the important caveat that Wenger is focusing his efforts on winning the Europa League, Arsenal&#39;s only remaining route back into the Champions League. It was around this time last season that Manchester United went five games without a league win and finally fell away from the top four, but it worked out elsewhere, as they won the Europa League. With a tough semi-final draw against Atletico Madrid and all of their eggs in that basket, Wenger could have done with turning a fairly comfortable 1-0 lead at St James&#39; Park into a first away win in months, if only to maintain the momentum of those recent wins. Using these games does indeed seem like a good chance to give youngsters like Joe Willock a chance, as Wenger did on Sunday, and you can see the reasoning in resting Mesut Ozil and Hector Bellerin. But it was still important to arrest this slide. There have been ongoing problems away from home for months now, with bright starts rarely built upon like they are at the Emirates. Momentum matters At home, Arsenal seem able to gather momentum in a way they cannot on the road. The team is buoyed by something as insignificant as a half-chance, and once they get going they are hard to stop. The 2-2 draw with Chelsea is the only league game this season they have scored first at home and failed to win. Arsenal scored three goals in the final 15 minutes against Stoke recently - which is typical of them at home Credit: Getty images Arsenal score in waves at home. In nine of their 17 league games at the Emirates this season Arsenal have scored twice or more in the space of 10 minutes. They have scored three in the space of 15 minutes on five separate occasions. Away from home, meanwhile, they have scored more than one goal only twice - in the 5-2 win at Everton and the 3-2 win at Crystal Palace. They simply don&#39;t build on positives in the same manner. Alexandre Lacazette&#39;s opening goal at Newcastle on Sunday suggested there could be life in his partnership with Aubameyang, but there was no onslaught after going ahead. Instead they retreated, inviting pressure that a central defence of Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding could not withstand. No joy on the break Opportunities arose on the counter, but that remains an aspect of their game that seemingly isn&#39;t trained. Arsenal are one of five teams who have not scored a single counter-attacking goal this season, along with Swansea, Burnley, Bournemouth and Brighton. Arsenal, though, with plenty of pace and passing ability in their ranks, have had more shots from counter-attacking situations than all four of those teams combined. Counter-attacking goals Counter-attacks, especially away from home, provide the chances to kills games off once you go ahead. The instructions under Wenger seem to be to simply continue as before, even when the complexion of a game is palpably changed by the first goal. Psychological issues Is there a problem with the psychology of Arsenal&#39;s players? Arsenal fell to pieces at Newcastle after Lacazette&#39;s early goal Credit: Getty images There was a time when a physical approach and red-hot atmosphere was needed to wrestle a win from Arsenal. On Sunday, however, it wasn&#39;t as though St James&#39; Park was rocking and the visiting players cowered under immense pressure. It ended up a run-of-the-mill win that Newcastle didn&#39;t even have to work that had for. Arsenal&#39;s players went into themselves once they were ahead, losing any swagger they had shown earlier on, and as soon as Newcastle had a sniff, Arsenal withered. It was a similar story to defeats at Bournemouth and Swansea back in January. There&#39;s no doubt that Arsenal&#39;s squad is no longer good enough and improvements are needed across the pitch, but the team that played on Sunday included four players signed for more than £30m and a host of internationals. They still had more than enough to hold onto their lead. This is a side which amounts to far less than the sum of its parts.
Why are Arsenal so desperately poor away from home?
Take a glance at Arsenal's recent form and you would be forgiven for wondering whether anything really was wrong. Before Sunday's loss at Newcastle there was the late rescued draw at CSKA Moscow, and prior to that Arsene Wenger's men had won six games on the bounce. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has hit some form, Aaron Ramsey is back to something approaching his free-roaming best and Danny Welbeck has at least temporarily overcome his persistent injury problems. But there is a truth in there, masked by the fact that Arsenal played - and won - five home games in a row. On the road, it has been a different story. Europa League wins at fallen giants AC Milan and Swedish minnows are Arsenal's only away wins in all competitions in 2018. In the league, they have lost every away game this year. Astonishingly, Arsenal are the only team in the top four tiers of English football who have yet to register a single point away from home this year. Away points in 2018 And it gets worse. This is the first time since December 1984 that Arsenal have lost five successive away league games. Sunday saw their 11th away defeat in the league this season, their joint-worst tally under Wenger. Arsenal have now dropped 14 points from winning positions away from home, which is the most in the Premier League this season. And Arsenal are three points closer to West Brom at the bottom of the table than they are to Manchester City at the top. Points dropped from winning positions away from home There is the important caveat that Wenger is focusing his efforts on winning the Europa League, Arsenal's only remaining route back into the Champions League. It was around this time last season that Manchester United went five games without a league win and finally fell away from the top four, but it worked out elsewhere, as they won the Europa League. With a tough semi-final draw against Atletico Madrid and all of their eggs in that basket, Wenger could have done with turning a fairly comfortable 1-0 lead at St James' Park into a first away win in months, if only to maintain the momentum of those recent wins. Using these games does indeed seem like a good chance to give youngsters like Joe Willock a chance, as Wenger did on Sunday, and you can see the reasoning in resting Mesut Ozil and Hector Bellerin. But it was still important to arrest this slide. There have been ongoing problems away from home for months now, with bright starts rarely built upon like they are at the Emirates. Momentum matters At home, Arsenal seem able to gather momentum in a way they cannot on the road. The team is buoyed by something as insignificant as a half-chance, and once they get going they are hard to stop. The 2-2 draw with Chelsea is the only league game this season they have scored first at home and failed to win. Arsenal scored three goals in the final 15 minutes against Stoke recently - which is typical of them at home Credit: Getty images Arsenal score in waves at home. In nine of their 17 league games at the Emirates this season Arsenal have scored twice or more in the space of 10 minutes. They have scored three in the space of 15 minutes on five separate occasions. Away from home, meanwhile, they have scored more than one goal only twice - in the 5-2 win at Everton and the 3-2 win at Crystal Palace. They simply don't build on positives in the same manner. Alexandre Lacazette's opening goal at Newcastle on Sunday suggested there could be life in his partnership with Aubameyang, but there was no onslaught after going ahead. Instead they retreated, inviting pressure that a central defence of Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding could not withstand. No joy on the break Opportunities arose on the counter, but that remains an aspect of their game that seemingly isn't trained. Arsenal are one of five teams who have not scored a single counter-attacking goal this season, along with Swansea, Burnley, Bournemouth and Brighton. Arsenal, though, with plenty of pace and passing ability in their ranks, have had more shots from counter-attacking situations than all four of those teams combined. Counter-attacking goals Counter-attacks, especially away from home, provide the chances to kills games off once you go ahead. The instructions under Wenger seem to be to simply continue as before, even when the complexion of a game is palpably changed by the first goal. Psychological issues Is there a problem with the psychology of Arsenal's players? Arsenal fell to pieces at Newcastle after Lacazette's early goal Credit: Getty images There was a time when a physical approach and red-hot atmosphere was needed to wrestle a win from Arsenal. On Sunday, however, it wasn't as though St James' Park was rocking and the visiting players cowered under immense pressure. It ended up a run-of-the-mill win that Newcastle didn't even have to work that had for. Arsenal's players went into themselves once they were ahead, losing any swagger they had shown earlier on, and as soon as Newcastle had a sniff, Arsenal withered. It was a similar story to defeats at Bournemouth and Swansea back in January. There's no doubt that Arsenal's squad is no longer good enough and improvements are needed across the pitch, but the team that played on Sunday included four players signed for more than £30m and a host of internationals. They still had more than enough to hold onto their lead. This is a side which amounts to far less than the sum of its parts.
Take a glance at Arsenal&#39;s recent form and you would be forgiven for wondering whether anything really was wrong. Before Sunday&#39;s loss at Newcastle there was the late rescued draw at CSKA Moscow, and prior to that Arsene Wenger&#39;s men had won six games on the bounce. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has hit some form, Aaron Ramsey is back to something approaching his free-roaming best and Danny Welbeck has at least temporarily overcome his persistent injury problems. But there is a truth in there, masked by the fact that Arsenal played - and won - five home games in a row. On the road, it has been a different story. Europa League wins at fallen giants AC Milan and Swedish minnows are Arsenal&#39;s only away wins in all competitions in 2018. In the league, they have lost every away game this year. Astonishingly, Arsenal are the only team in the top four tiers of English football who have yet to register a single point away from home this year. Away points in 2018 And it gets worse. This is the first time since December 1984 that Arsenal have lost five successive away league games. Sunday saw their 11th away defeat in the league this season, their joint-worst tally under Wenger. Arsenal have now dropped 14 points from winning positions away from home, which is the most in the Premier League this season. And Arsenal are three points closer to West Brom at the bottom of the table than they are to Manchester City at the top. Points dropped from winning positions away from home There is the important caveat that Wenger is focusing his efforts on winning the Europa League, Arsenal&#39;s only remaining route back into the Champions League. It was around this time last season that Manchester United went five games without a league win and finally fell away from the top four, but it worked out elsewhere, as they won the Europa League. With a tough semi-final draw against Atletico Madrid and all of their eggs in that basket, Wenger could have done with turning a fairly comfortable 1-0 lead at St James&#39; Park into a first away win in months, if only to maintain the momentum of those recent wins. Using these games does indeed seem like a good chance to give youngsters like Joe Willock a chance, as Wenger did on Sunday, and you can see the reasoning in resting Mesut Ozil and Hector Bellerin. But it was still important to arrest this slide. There have been ongoing problems away from home for months now, with bright starts rarely built upon like they are at the Emirates. Momentum matters At home, Arsenal seem able to gather momentum in a way they cannot on the road. The team is buoyed by something as insignificant as a half-chance, and once they get going they are hard to stop. The 2-2 draw with Chelsea is the only league game this season they have scored first at home and failed to win. Arsenal scored three goals in the final 15 minutes against Stoke recently - which is typical of them at home Credit: Getty images Arsenal score in waves at home. In nine of their 17 league games at the Emirates this season Arsenal have scored twice or more in the space of 10 minutes. They have scored three in the space of 15 minutes on five separate occasions. Away from home, meanwhile, they have scored more than one goal only twice - in the 5-2 win at Everton and the 3-2 win at Crystal Palace. They simply don&#39;t build on positives in the same manner. Alexandre Lacazette&#39;s opening goal at Newcastle on Sunday suggested there could be life in his partnership with Aubameyang, but there was no onslaught after going ahead. Instead they retreated, inviting pressure that a central defence of Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding could not withstand. No joy on the break Opportunities arose on the counter, but that remains an aspect of their game that seemingly isn&#39;t trained. Arsenal are one of five teams who have not scored a single counter-attacking goal this season, along with Swansea, Burnley, Bournemouth and Brighton. Arsenal, though, with plenty of pace and passing ability in their ranks, have had more shots from counter-attacking situations than all four of those teams combined. Counter-attacking goals Counter-attacks, especially away from home, provide the chances to kills games off once you go ahead. The instructions under Wenger seem to be to simply continue as before, even when the complexion of a game is palpably changed by the first goal. Psychological issues Is there a problem with the psychology of Arsenal&#39;s players? Arsenal fell to pieces at Newcastle after Lacazette&#39;s early goal Credit: Getty images There was a time when a physical approach and red-hot atmosphere was needed to wrestle a win from Arsenal. On Sunday, however, it wasn&#39;t as though St James&#39; Park was rocking and the visiting players cowered under immense pressure. It ended up a run-of-the-mill win that Newcastle didn&#39;t even have to work that had for. Arsenal&#39;s players went into themselves once they were ahead, losing any swagger they had shown earlier on, and as soon as Newcastle had a sniff, Arsenal withered. It was a similar story to defeats at Bournemouth and Swansea back in January. There&#39;s no doubt that Arsenal&#39;s squad is no longer good enough and improvements are needed across the pitch, but the team that played on Sunday included four players signed for more than £30m and a host of internationals. They still had more than enough to hold onto their lead. This is a side which amounts to far less than the sum of its parts.
Why are Arsenal so desperately poor away from home?
Take a glance at Arsenal's recent form and you would be forgiven for wondering whether anything really was wrong. Before Sunday's loss at Newcastle there was the late rescued draw at CSKA Moscow, and prior to that Arsene Wenger's men had won six games on the bounce. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has hit some form, Aaron Ramsey is back to something approaching his free-roaming best and Danny Welbeck has at least temporarily overcome his persistent injury problems. But there is a truth in there, masked by the fact that Arsenal played - and won - five home games in a row. On the road, it has been a different story. Europa League wins at fallen giants AC Milan and Swedish minnows are Arsenal's only away wins in all competitions in 2018. In the league, they have lost every away game this year. Astonishingly, Arsenal are the only team in the top four tiers of English football who have yet to register a single point away from home this year. Away points in 2018 And it gets worse. This is the first time since December 1984 that Arsenal have lost five successive away league games. Sunday saw their 11th away defeat in the league this season, their joint-worst tally under Wenger. Arsenal have now dropped 14 points from winning positions away from home, which is the most in the Premier League this season. And Arsenal are three points closer to West Brom at the bottom of the table than they are to Manchester City at the top. Points dropped from winning positions away from home There is the important caveat that Wenger is focusing his efforts on winning the Europa League, Arsenal's only remaining route back into the Champions League. It was around this time last season that Manchester United went five games without a league win and finally fell away from the top four, but it worked out elsewhere, as they won the Europa League. With a tough semi-final draw against Atletico Madrid and all of their eggs in that basket, Wenger could have done with turning a fairly comfortable 1-0 lead at St James' Park into a first away win in months, if only to maintain the momentum of those recent wins. Using these games does indeed seem like a good chance to give youngsters like Joe Willock a chance, as Wenger did on Sunday, and you can see the reasoning in resting Mesut Ozil and Hector Bellerin. But it was still important to arrest this slide. There have been ongoing problems away from home for months now, with bright starts rarely built upon like they are at the Emirates. Momentum matters At home, Arsenal seem able to gather momentum in a way they cannot on the road. The team is buoyed by something as insignificant as a half-chance, and once they get going they are hard to stop. The 2-2 draw with Chelsea is the only league game this season they have scored first at home and failed to win. Arsenal scored three goals in the final 15 minutes against Stoke recently - which is typical of them at home Credit: Getty images Arsenal score in waves at home. In nine of their 17 league games at the Emirates this season Arsenal have scored twice or more in the space of 10 minutes. They have scored three in the space of 15 minutes on five separate occasions. Away from home, meanwhile, they have scored more than one goal only twice - in the 5-2 win at Everton and the 3-2 win at Crystal Palace. They simply don't build on positives in the same manner. Alexandre Lacazette's opening goal at Newcastle on Sunday suggested there could be life in his partnership with Aubameyang, but there was no onslaught after going ahead. Instead they retreated, inviting pressure that a central defence of Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding could not withstand. No joy on the break Opportunities arose on the counter, but that remains an aspect of their game that seemingly isn't trained. Arsenal are one of five teams who have not scored a single counter-attacking goal this season, along with Swansea, Burnley, Bournemouth and Brighton. Arsenal, though, with plenty of pace and passing ability in their ranks, have had more shots from counter-attacking situations than all four of those teams combined. Counter-attacking goals Counter-attacks, especially away from home, provide the chances to kills games off once you go ahead. The instructions under Wenger seem to be to simply continue as before, even when the complexion of a game is palpably changed by the first goal. Psychological issues Is there a problem with the psychology of Arsenal's players? Arsenal fell to pieces at Newcastle after Lacazette's early goal Credit: Getty images There was a time when a physical approach and red-hot atmosphere was needed to wrestle a win from Arsenal. On Sunday, however, it wasn't as though St James' Park was rocking and the visiting players cowered under immense pressure. It ended up a run-of-the-mill win that Newcastle didn't even have to work that had for. Arsenal's players went into themselves once they were ahead, losing any swagger they had shown earlier on, and as soon as Newcastle had a sniff, Arsenal withered. It was a similar story to defeats at Bournemouth and Swansea back in January. There's no doubt that Arsenal's squad is no longer good enough and improvements are needed across the pitch, but the team that played on Sunday included four players signed for more than £30m and a host of internationals. They still had more than enough to hold onto their lead. This is a side which amounts to far less than the sum of its parts.
Juventus galloped towards a seventh straight Serie A title with a 3-0 win over Sampdoria on Sunday, pulling six points clear of Napoli whose dwindling championship ambitions were dented by a goalless draw at AC Milan.
Serie A: Juventus inch closer towards seventh straight title after beating Sampdoria; Napoli held to goalless draw by Milan
Juventus galloped towards a seventh straight Serie A title with a 3-0 win over Sampdoria on Sunday, pulling six points clear of Napoli whose dwindling championship ambitions were dented by a goalless draw at AC Milan.
Juventus galloped towards a seventh straight Serie A title with a 3-0 win over Sampdoria on Sunday, pulling six points clear of Napoli whose dwindling championship ambitions were dented by a goalless draw at AC Milan.
Serie A: Juventus inch closer towards seventh straight title after beating Sampdoria; Napoli held to goalless draw by Milan
Juventus galloped towards a seventh straight Serie A title with a 3-0 win over Sampdoria on Sunday, pulling six points clear of Napoli whose dwindling championship ambitions were dented by a goalless draw at AC Milan.
Juventus galloped towards a seventh straight Serie A title with a 3-0 win over Sampdoria on Sunday, pulling six points clear of Napoli whose dwindling championship ambitions were dented by a goalless draw at AC Milan.
Juventus Close in on Seventh Straight Title as Donnarumma Dents Napoli Ambitions
Juventus galloped towards a seventh straight Serie A title with a 3-0 win over Sampdoria on Sunday, pulling six points clear of Napoli whose dwindling championship ambitions were dented by a goalless draw at AC Milan.
<p>Gattuso demands more from AC Milan despite holding Napoli</p>
Gattuso demands more from AC Milan despite holding Napoli

Gattuso demands more from AC Milan despite holding Napoli

<p>Gattuso demands more from AC Milan despite holding Napoli</p>
Gattuso demands more from AC Milan despite holding Napoli

Gattuso demands more from AC Milan despite holding Napoli

A 0-0 draw at home to Serie A title hopefuls Napoli showed the Rossoneri&#39;s progression, but the club&#39;s head coach believes his side has to show more
Gattuso demands more from AC Milan despite holding Napoli
A 0-0 draw at home to Serie A title hopefuls Napoli showed the Rossoneri's progression, but the club's head coach believes his side has to show more
A 0-0 draw at home to Serie A title hopefuls Napoli showed the Rossoneri&#39;s progression, but the club&#39;s head coach believes his side has to show more
Gattuso demands more from AC Milan despite holding Napoli
A 0-0 draw at home to Serie A title hopefuls Napoli showed the Rossoneri's progression, but the club's head coach believes his side has to show more
<p>Gattuso demands more from AC Milan despite holding Napoli</p>
Gattuso demands more from AC Milan despite holding Napoli

Gattuso demands more from AC Milan despite holding Napoli

<p>Gattuso demands more from AC Milan despite holding Napoli</p>
Gattuso demands more from AC Milan despite holding Napoli

Gattuso demands more from AC Milan despite holding Napoli

A 0-0 draw at home to Serie A title hopefuls Napoli showed the Rossoneri&#39;s progression, but AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso is not satisfied.
Gattuso demands more from AC Milan despite holding Napoli
A 0-0 draw at home to Serie A title hopefuls Napoli showed the Rossoneri's progression, but AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso is not satisfied.

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