How do Arsenal turn the Emirates Stadium into a fortress?

By Graham McNorthbank

Arsenal have performed pretty well away from home this season and in the past week two wins at Wolves and Everton have people talking about our true title chances.

Indeed our only defeat on the road so far this year was the 2-0 result at Chelsea where the Arsenal were a little unfortunate to come away empty handed.

However at home we've been slightly less impressive having capitulated to two of the newly promoted teams in West Brom and Newcastle.

With the North London derby looming we'll be anxious to avoid a repeat of that disappointment, but just how do we in about turning Emirates into a fortress?

Of course most of that task is down to the players and Arsene Wenger setting up his team so that complacency doesn't become our downfall.

Our defence in particular needs to step up, or Le Boss has to invest some money to strengthen the back four, because right at this moment in time they're conceding just as many goals as they did last season - a miserable 12 goals in 13 games, compared to 42 in 38 games last season. If that doesn't tighten up, we've no chance of making teams fear a trip to the Emirates.

Off the pitch the club itself has done much to improve the Emirates over the past year with the Arsenalisation project making us Gooners feel more at home and giving us a stadium we can truly be proud of.

We're not the most vocal of supporters at Arsenal, although that patently won't be the case when the Spuds visit on Saturday, so I'd love it if we got a bit more vocal to make a trip to the Emirates more intimidating for visiting teams.

And there's also the curse of the early leavers which infuriates me, but there's nowt much we can do about that.

But the Clock End and North Bank areas have been reinstated and I would have hoped that might have improved the atmosphere. So far though, it's the same old same old.

So just how can we make our new home into a fortress? I'd love to hear your thoughts but I reckon the best way to achieve that goal is for Arsenal to bring some new silverware to the stadium. A Carling Cup win might still be looked down on but it could just be the start of a new winning era so let's hope our earliest chance of a trophy this season can be a fruitful one.