Reasons behind Arsenal’s dressing room ‘clock’ photo at Fulham are revealed


EXCLUSIVE: Reasons behind Arsenal’s dressing room ‘clock’ photo at Fulham are revealed… as part of an innovative plan to transform away dressing rooms

Arsenal are taking their home comforts on the road in their bid to win the Premier League title for the first time since 2004.

The Gunners resorted their five point advantage at the top of the Premier League with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Fulham on Sunday afternoon.

After the game, a photo of the Gunners players holding a replica of the iconic clock that is positioned above the Clock End at the Emirates Stadium in the away dressing room at Craven Cottage emerged.

And Sportsmail can reveal the unexpected move is part of an innovative wider plan from within the Gunners squad to make away dressing rooms feel more like the Emirates.

In addition to the replica clock – wall stickers of the Arsenal badge and a poster of the official squad photo was also placed on the walls of the away dressing room at Craven Cottage to give it a more familiar feel.

Arsenal players posted with a replica of the iconic clock that is positioned above the Clock End at the Emirates Stadium in the away dressing room after their 3-0 victory against Fulham

The gesture was part of a plan to make their away trips in the league feel more like the Emirates

The iconic clock was installed at the Emirates Stadium in 2010, after previously being located outside the ground and also at the club’s former Highbury location for more than 70 years

The clock has symbolic significance in Arsenal’s history and graced the club’s former ground Highbury for more than 70 years.

In 2010 a larger replica of the iconic clock was installed at Emirates Stadium, with the original located outside the stadium.

Of Arsenal’s 11 remaining Premier League fixtures – five are away from home.

These include a tricky clash at Anfield on April 9, as well as what could potentially be a title decider at the Etihad against Man City on April 26.

The Gunners though should take some confidence by the fact that they have taken more points away from home than any other side in the league this season.

It is their excellent away form (11 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats) that has catapulted them above Man City – with 34 points compared to Pep Guardiola’s side who have taken just 27 away from the Etihad (both on 14 games).

Arteta was asked about their excellent away form following Arsenal’s 1-0 victory over Leicester last month. 

‘I think performances [are responsible for Arsenal’s away record this season],’ the Spaniard said in his post match press conference.

Arsenal’s remaining away fixtures 

Liverpool vs Arsenal (April 9)

West Ham v Arsenal (April 16)

Man City v Arsenal (April 26)

Newcastle v Arsenal (May 6)

Nottingham Forest v Arsenal (May 20) 

Top four home record

Man City 34 points 

Arsenal 32 points

Man United 30 points 

Tottenham 30 points 

Top four away record 

Arsenal 34 points

Man City 27 points

Man United 20 points

Tottenham 18 points 

Wall stickers of the Arsenal badge and a poster of the official Arsenal squad photo was also placed on the walls of the away dressing room to help give it a more familiar feel

Mikel Arteta will hope the unexpected move will help Arsenal in tricky away games to come – including Man City and Liverpool – as they look to win their first league title in 19 years





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