Why Man Utd are higher away from residence than Arsenal – Martin Keown reveals key cause

ARSENAL’s lack of character and spirit among the group away from home is their downfall – and Manchester United have proven it.

That is the verdict of Gunners legend and Premier League pundit Martin Keown.

The Red Devils go to the Emirates tomorrow (4.30pm) for their crunch top-four showdown.

Manchester United have been sensational on the road since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in the hot seat.

The interim manager has overseen NINE straight victories away from Old Trafford – a club record.

That run has included a 3-1 win away to Arsenal in the FA Cup, a Premier League triumph over Tottenham at Wembley and Wednesday’s miraculous 3-1 Champions League comeback at the Parc des Princes against PSG.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have continued to show they are vulnerable on their travels, even under new management.

Arsene Wenger’s Gunners were toothless outside of north London by the end of his reign, but Emery still has problems too.

That was noticeable again on Thursday as Arsenal fell to a 3-1 loss in France against Rennes in their Europa League round-of-16 first leg.

“Away from home there is a lack of character and personality in the team”

Martin Keown

Keown, a three-time Premier League winner with the Gunners, believes he and Emery know why it has been far rosier for Solskjaer on the road.

“At home, Arsenal use the momentum of the crowd and the atmosphere to fly forward and take the game to their opponents,” Keown wrote in his Daily Mail column. 

“You need a different set of characteristics to be successful on the road.

“Away from home there is a lack of character and personality in the team. 

“After Sokratis was sent off, they became a team of individuals.

“Manchester United are showing the right traits away from home. 

“There is a spirit among the players that have been rekindled once more.

“Unai Emery knows exactly what the problem is but he has not yet found a way for his players to be successful in away games.”

United will move four points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal and level on points with Tottenham in third if they win away at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.