By Chris Harris

Defensive solidity is the key to Arsenal's improved away form, according to Samir Nasri.

Arsène Wenger's side have racked up five victories on the road this season, winning at notoriously difficult places like Everton, Aston Villa and Manchester City in the process. They will look for a sixth triumph on Monday when they face Manchester United at Old Trafford.

You might think that the Gunners' flowing football is responsible for their success on their travels but Nasri has an alternative take.

"The difference when we play away is that we defend much better," said the in-form Frenchman.

"Our discipline and shape is more efficient when we play away and I am quite confident because we can play our game and we know we can score at any moment.

"We have to reproduce the kind of form we show away from home to be more efficient at home as well."

It's unusual for a side to be more proficient away from home and Nasri cannot put his finger on why. But the 23-year-old thinks the tide is turning at Emirates Stadium.

"I don’t know [why our home form is poorer]," he said. "Maybe the game against Tottenham is still in your head when you play and when you concede a goal when you are 1-0 up you still think a little bit about that game.

"But now the more we win at home the more we will be efficient and will have more confidence."

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11 Dec 2010