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Was the difference between Arsenal’s home and away form really that unusual?

By Tony Attwood

Arsenal were a different kettle of fish at home and away from home last season.  In fact you may have seen me mention it before.   At home Arsenal were the third best team in the league in term of points with a goal scoring difference of +26.  Away from home Arsenal were the ninth best team in the league with a goal scoring difference of -4.

I have long argued that because Arsenal were so successful at home there is not that much wrong with their defence, and that calls from the like of the increasingly odd (and possibly satirical) Charlie Nicholas and co, for a total sell off of the defence were rather odd.  Rather I thought the fact that we lost two prime defenders (Bellerin and Chambers) and still managed to do quite well at home suggested it was a lack of back ups and a tactical problem that led to our coming 5th.

So to look at this again I decided to compare the home and away form of each team in the league.

In what comes below column four measures the difference between the club’s position in the home table from the position in the final league table.  Column six measures the difference between the club’s position in the away table from the position in the final league table.

And then in the final column I look at how many places different the home and away positions are.

What I wanted to know was whether it was just Arsenal that were so different between home and away, or were other clubs like this.

If we look at the two “Difference from” tables we can see that clubs can be up to six places different in either their home form or away form from the final league table.  Arsenal were not the most extreme as both Crystal Palace and Bournemouth were six places different away from home, from their final league position.

Difference from Lge Difference from Lge Difference between home & away
1 Manchester City 1 0 1 0 0
2 Liverpool 2 0 2 0 0
3 Chelsea 4 -1 5 -2 1
4 Tottenham Hotspur 5 -1 3 +1 2
5 Arsenal 3 +2 8 -5 5
6 Manchester United 6 0 4 +2 2
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 8 -1 10 -2 2
8 Everton 7 +1 12 -4 5
9 Leicester City 11 -2 7 +4 5
10 West Ham United 9 +1 11 -2 2
11 Watford 12 -1 9 +2 3
12 Crystal Palace 18 -6 6 +6 12
13 Newcastle United 13 0 13 0 0
14 AFC Bournemouth 10 +4 16 -6 6
15 Burnley 15 0 14 +1 1
16 Southampton 14 +2 15 +1 1
17 Brighton and Hove Albion 16 +1 18 -1 2
18 Cardiff City 19 -1 17 +2 3
19 Fulham 17 +2 20 -3 3
20 Huddersfield Town 20 0 19 +1 1

Original article: https://untold-arsenal.com/archives/75631

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