Wenger eyes Emirates take-off
Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal will eventually come good at home after a stuttering league start.
Last Updated: 28/11/10 2:18pm
Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal will eventually come good at home after a stuttering league start at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners have lost three games out of seven at home in the top flight, succumbing to West Brom, Newcastle and, most recently, arch-rivals Tottenham.
In stark contrast, Wenger's side have the best Premier League record on their travels - 17 points from eight games - the latest success a 4-2 victory at Aston Villa on Saturday which sent the Gunners briefly into top spot.
Despite slumping to three home defeats, Wenger does not believe his side have a psychological hang-up about playing at the Emirates and insists his team will eventually get things right there.
The Frenchman said: "The fact we have away wins, but are not winning so much at home, I feel it is a coincidence. I don't believe we have a mental problem in terms of playing at home.
"I would prefer to have the problem this way around rather than the other way around.
"It is good to know you can win away and, at some stage at home, you know you will get things right. There is no fear about playing at home.
"Maybe we want to be a bit more urgent at home. Maybe we feel at the start a bit too confident, I don't know."
Wenger was pleased with the way his side responded at Villa Park after the hosts pulled the score back to 2-1 soon after the interval.
Marouane Chamakh netted soon afterwards to restore the two-goal cushion and the Gunners went on to win 4-2.
After watching his side throw away a two-goal lead against Spurs in their previous league game, Wenger was pleased the result was different this time around.
He said: "A repeat of things happening negatively (losing 2-0 leads) becomes a syndrome and that is what you don't want.
"I think we stamped that out by seeing the game through against Villa.
"At half-time, you feel amongst the players that what occurred against Tottenham had an impact in their head.
"When Villa came back to 2-1 we could either crumble or score again - and we scored again and came through. I felt we got a good mental response."