Arsenal’s failings against direct rivals in the Premier League standings look set to cost them another title shot.
The Gunners slipped to a 3-1 defeat at capital rivals Chelsea on Saturday, leaving them 12 points adrift of the table-topping Blues.
A 13-year wait for top-flight glory appears set to be extended in north London, with Arsene Wenger’s side heading in the wrong direction.
They could end the weekend outside of the top four, with Champions League qualification far from guaranteed.
It is their inability to pick up positive results against those in and around them that continues to hold them back, particularly on the road.
0 - Arsenal haven't won any of their last 10 Premier League away games vs the other teams currently in the top six (W0 D5 L5). Intimidation. — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 4, 2017
To have collected only five points from a possible 30 on offer against those also pushing for lofty finishes is a sorry return for a club boasting such ambition.
The Gunners still have trips to Liverpool and Tottenham to come this season, so will need to find a cure for their travel sickness if they are to preserve a faultless record of top-four finishes under Wenger’s guidance.
4 - Arsenal have lost four of their last nine PL games, the same total they'd lost in their previous 35 in the competition. Downturn. — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 4, 2017
Wenger also needs to find a way of bringing about an upturn in fortune against all opponents, with Arsenal threatening to undermine the positive work they put in early on in the campaign.