Arsenal’s title hopes are all but over now after yesterday’s 3-0 defeat at home to Brighton, and some surprise stats seem to show that it’s been home games that have let the Gunners down this season.
While it would be harsh to say Mikel Arteta’s side have bottled this title race when Manchester City have been on such a relentless winning streak, there is clearly room for improvement if they want to make that extra step next season.
See below for a few surprising stats that show Arsenal’s home record is surely what has cost them this season, particularly their sloppy defensive record in games at the Emirates Stadium…
23 – Arsenal have conceded 23 goals at home in the Premier League this season; only in 2019-20 (24) have they conceded more in a single season since moving to the Emirates Stadium. Problematic. pic.twitter.com/6zc4nBcfl4
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 14, 2023
The title was definitely lost at home. Arsenal have fewer points at home than Liverpool, the same as Man Utd having played a game more and only five teams in the whole division have conceded more goals on home soil.
— Orbinho (@Orbinho) May 14, 2023
Considering how good the likes of William Saliba, Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale have been for so much of this season, it’s not clear why this team has struggled so much defensively in home games, though of course Saliba’s recent injury meant that the unconvincing Rob Holding played in games like the 3-3 draw at home to Southampton.
Arteta would probably do well to look at his defence this summer and perhaps use the fact that the club are now back in the Champions League to compete for big names like Josko Gvardiol. There might also be some scope for strengthening at left-back and moving Oleksandr Zinchenko into midfield.