By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger believes that his team's Old Trafford nadir has distorted their excellent recent form on the road.
Arsenal had the best away record in the Premier League last term, losing just four of their 19 fixtures and amassing three more points than the second-best travellers, Manchester City.
Wenger's team continued in the same vein with a solid display at Newcastle on the opening weekend of the new season but their 8-2 defeat to Manchester United was cut from a very different cloth.
Arsenal go back on the road this weekend to face Blackburn - just 20 miles or so up the road from Old Trafford - and Wenger wants his team to rediscover their reputation.
"You have to consider that last year we were the best away team in the league, and Old Trafford was a one-off result," he said.
"You cannot take that as a general rule, and what we have achieved over the last few years away from home is what people forget. We put a lot of effort in at Udinese, and lost a lot of players before that game at Old Trafford.
"Blackburn is Blackburn. We have had good experiences and sometimes disappointing ones there over the years. Over the years they have always had good teams. In the Premier League when you go away from home you want a top performance to make the result, but I am confident we can do that.
"You lose confidence quickly with the result we made at Old Trafford, and gain it back slowly. We will try to do that from game to game - work hard for each other and get back. Then the other side of our game will come out."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 15 Sep 2011