Arsene Wenger hopes Arsenal rediscover away form ahead of Etihad clash

Published 15/12/16 

Arsene Wenger is hoping Arsenal’s impressive away form can carry them through a tricky run of festive fixtures starting with their trip to Manchester City on Sunday.

The next month sees Arsenal play six games, only two of which will be at the Emirates, and they may well find the pressure on them as they run out at the Etihad on Sunday, by which time they could be as many as nine points off Chelsea.

Prior to Tuesday’s 2-1 loss at Everton Wenger’s side had looked in fine form away from their North London home and had gone unbeaten in the Premier League, picking up commanding road wins at West Ham, Sunderland and Hull.

Wenger is hopeful that their fine displays prior to their collapse at Goodison Park will give the Gunners heart as they prepare for what could be a decisive run of fixtures in their title hunt.

“We have to recover,” Wenger told Arsenal Media. “We play five games away from home out of six and we have a fantastic away record. 

“We want to keep that strength and prepare well for the next one.”

Alexis Sanchez’s deflected free-kick had given the Gunners an early lead at the Emirates but headers from Seamus Coleman and Ashley Williams, the latter coming in the closing moments, were enough to end Arsenal’s lengthy unbeaten run away from their home ground.

“We have been nine months unbeaten away from home so you have to take that a little bit with a distance as well,” Wenger added in his press conference. “You can lose football games, especially in an atmosphere like that and especially as well when you play so many games. 

“We played five of the six games away from home, we had to play the Champions League on Tuesday, we had a difficult game on Saturday. We have to come here straight away again on Tuesday, I think Champions League teams have a little bit of a more difficult schedule.”

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