Arsenal 'handicapped' by big away games – Cazorla

The Gunners are still fighting for second place in the Premier League this season but the midfielder accepts they will rise no higher until they address concerns on the road

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla concedes that the London club must improve their record in key matches away from home if they are to claim an elusive Premier League crown.

Hopes of winning the Premier League for the first time since 2003-04 may be gone but Arsene Wenger’s side are still challenging for second spot behind Chelsea, with the Gunners third heading into Sunday’s match at fourth-placed Manchester United.

While Cazorla is adamant that Arsenal still see themselves as realistic title challengers, he accepts they must change if the trophy is ever to come to the Emirates Stadium.

“In our eyes, Arsenal are always a candidate to win the Premier League. The players really believe that,” Cazorla told the Daily Mirror.

“But, over the years, we have dropped key points in stadiums where we need to win. That’s our handicap and the thing we need to change.”

While their quest for league silverware is over for another season, it has not been all doom and gloom for Arsenal, who have the opportunity to claim back-to-back FA Cups when they take on Aston Villa in the final on May 30.

“I would say the season for Arsenal is positive,” the Spaniard argued. “We are in the FA Cup final and we are fighting for second place in the Premier League.

“Being knocked out of the Champions League was painful because we played our worst game of the year at home against Monaco. That was the low point but, overall, it’s been good.”

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