The 2015/16 Premier League season has without question been one of the most entertaining in the history of the English game. The giants of the division have struggled to establish any dominance, with Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur taking advantage of the underperforming pack.
In the latter stages of 2015, one giant of the Premier League era seemed destined to grab the division by the horns and make a sustained challenge for the illustrious crown. Sadly, Arsenal have endured a dreadful 2016 and now find themselves embedded in another battle for top four.
Arsene Wenger's side look a shadow of the team who performed so well throughout 2015 and this sudden collapse of confidence and form in 2016 can be attributed to two main factors.
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Arsenal's dreadful home form
The beginning of the campaign began badly at the Emirates, losing 2-0 on the opening day of the season to West Ham. However, Arsenal stabilised their home form for the latter stages of 2015, beating both Manchester United and Manchester City along the way.
Sadly, 2016 has been a different story entirely. The Gunners have managed only three wins at home since the turn of the year in the league and it seems as if Wenger's men really struggle to perform on their own turf.
There is almost an air of arrogance about the way they play at home as if simply turning up will be enough to register three points. The 2-1 loss to Swansea in March was the most prominent display of this attitude.
Arsenal have only managed 24 goals at home in the Premier League all season, one less than relegation-threatened Newcastle United and the same number as Harry Kane has managed himself in the league this season.
Wenger's men have struggled to seize the initiative at the Emirates and dispose of inferior opposition, as a result, their own stadium is no longer a fortress.
The teams above them in the table have all utilised impressive home form to sustain their bid for glory, Arsenal have done almost the opposite.
Lack of clinical finishing at the Emirates
A lot of this disastrous home form comes down to the dreadful chance conversion displayed by the squad.
At no point in the campaign have Arsenal struggled to create chances, especially with the technical brilliance of Mesut Ozil in their ranks, but finding the back of the net has been a different story entirely.
In 2016, the Gunners have converted just 9% of their chances at home, the 18th worst figure in the league and it seems as if they players currently lack the composure to score, a trait which simply must be reversed sooner rather than later.
Interestingly, away from home, Arsenal have converted 26% of their chances, the highest figure in the division. This stark contrast away from home is all the evidence needed to see that the failures of 2015/16 stem from the Emirates.
The need for a clinical striker has never been more apparent. Olivier Giroud's inconsistency has become a burden on the club while Danny Welbeck, despite deputising admirably since his return from injury, does not seem to be a long-term solution to this issue.
Wenger has overcome a lot of hardship in his 20-year stint in the Premier League, but trying to banish two issues of this magnitude, could be his toughest task yet.
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