Things aren't looking too bad for Arsene Wenger and his young Arsenal side at the moment. Still likely to qualify for the Champions League, in with a decent shout in the Carling Cup after last night's quarter-final win, handed a nice draw in the FA Cup, and level on points with second-place Chelsea in the Premier League, it's all looking fairly rosy for the Emirates outfit. However, Arsenal fans have been left scratching their heads this season as they contemplate their team's inability to perform well at home while excelling on their travels in the league.
Arsenal, who secured an impressive win at the weekend against Aston Villa, currently boast the league's best away record. They've managed to take 17 points from just eight clashes away from the Emirates but, surprisingly for a club that has traditionally taken full advantage of faithful home support while finding it tough away from home, especially in the north of the country, haven't experienced the same level of success on home turf and the Arsenal betting shows what kind of problems this could cause them.
West Brom, Newcastle, and Spurs have all managed to take three points from Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, which raises the question of what is going wrong for them at home.
Psychological pressures have been laughed off by Wenger, but with the trophy-hungry Emirates crowd sometimes too quick to moan and groan when Arsenal overplay an attacking move, or a player fails to shoot when in a decent position, could it be that the younger Arsenal players can't cope with the lofty expectations that currently surround the Emirates?
No matter what the actual reason for their less than ideal home form, the Arsenal boss should at least be happy that his side seem to have banished the lack of physical strength and composure for the duration of a game that used to undo their efforts at grounds such as the Reebok and Ewood Park. Anyone who has placed a Premier League bet on the side knows they have to sort out there home form though.
If Wenger fails to inspire his side to home success and turn the Emirates back into the fortress it once felt like, Premier League glory won't be coming anywhere near North London for quite some time to come.