For most sides, the prospect of back-to-back trips to the Stadio San Paolo and Etihad Stadium would be a daunting one. But not Arsenal. Arsene Wenger takes his men to Italy on Wednesday to face a Napoli side that has lost just once at home, before meeting a Manchester City side that boasts a 100 percent home record in the Premier League. Neither trip will be treated with fear or trepidation, though. Not anymore.
The Gunners have lost just one of their last 17 away matches in all competitions, winning 15 of those encounters (including the Capital One Cup shootout victory over West Brom). They top the Premier League away form table this season, averaging 2.28 points per game on their road trips, and boast the best away defensive record in the division, conceding just five times.
It all began at the Allianz Arena in March. Just as they were being written off — Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas remarked that they were on a "negative spiral" after losing the north London derby — and fresh off an FA Cup exit at the hands of Blackburn, they did the impossible and beat Bayern Munich in Bavaria.
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