Could the return of fans boost Arsenal’s home form?

Arsenal have amassed only 22 points at the Emirates this season from a possible 51. That stat alone says a lot about how the club have performed, but when you consider there are only six points left to take, they won’t even manage to break the 30-point mark.

The lowest home point tally in the last 10 years has been 36, making this the worst home return in recent memory. Perhaps because of that, major bookmakers that offer top promo codes such as Betfair have Arsenal priced at 10/3 (4.33) to finish in the bottom half of the table. But if you don’t want to back against your team, they are priced at 1/4 (1.25) to end up in the top 10 with the same bookie.

Mikel Arteta has been given a fair bit of praise considering the poor home form, but there have been decent performances. The question is will fans provide the Gunners with the boost they need? A full Emirates is undoubtedly lively, and if players don’t look committed, the faithful in the crowd won’t let it pass.

There have been several games this season where Arsenal fell behind and unable to pick themselves up. If we look at home games only, the Gunners have gone behind 10 times in 19 league games. Of those, they have only managed to come back once, in the North London derby in March. They have also gone on to lose a shocking seven of those. To put that into perspective, that is the same number as the last three seasons combined.

And things don’t get better when we examine the goal difference. The 2019/20 season was far from inspiring, but 10 home wins resulted in a +12 goal difference. The three seasons previous to that were well over 20 and as high as +34 in the 17/18 year. Arteta’s men, however, are staring at a negative goal difference of -1. If there had been fans in the stadium, they would only have seen 19 goals scored by their team at home.

There is usually a cause for blame in these situations, and it’s fair to say that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is shouldering a decent amount of it. The captain has been far from his best, bagging only nine so far this season. This is somehow off his 22 goals last year that seen him in contention for the golden boot winner. He has had some issues on and off the field, but more will be expected from him in the coming games.

Alexandre Lacazette has, on the other hand, contributed his second-highest return in an Arsenal shirt with 13 to his name. This makes him the top scorer for the campaign, which emphasises the club’s struggles.

As mentioned, there have been some pretty decent performances, and it looked as though Arsenal could have turned things around with a 3-1 demolition of Chelsea on Boxing Day. However, perhaps the games were expected and not delivered that this season will be remembered for.

Aston Villa did the double over Arsenal for the first time in 28 years, which included a 1-0 win at Villa Park. The Gunners dominated with over 60% of the possession but could not put the ball in the net.

In a similar vein was the 1-0 defeat to Burnley at home. It was the first time the Clarets had secured a win away to the Gunners in 61 years. Arsenal had a whopping 18 shots without converting but were undone by an unfortunate Aubameyang OG. You have to think, if there were fans inside cheering them on, would they have managed to find the breakthrough? With fans looking set to return next season, we can only hope so.