Kolo Toure believes away form will be crucial to Arsenal’s title challenge this season.

The centre back was talking after Arsène Wenger’s side rattled up their second successive Premier League win on the road with a 3-1 triumph at Bolton on Saturday.

Last season, Arsenal made 83 points. A healthy 47 came at Emirates Stadium with the remaining 36 taken on away trips. The latter figure included their only three defeats of the domestic campaign.

It was the second best away record in the top flight. But for Toure, there is room for improvement.

“We know every time we come away from home we need to do well,” he said. “We lost a lot of points last season and we knew we had to work on it.

"We just have to play as well as we do at Emirates Stadium. There we are on top but sometimes when we go away we just don’t start well. We have been working on it and we hope to keep going.”

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22 Sep 2008