After a rocky start to the Premier League season, Arsenal have found a little patch of form and have moved towards the right end of the table. After an exhilarating home opener with Leicester, Arsenal suffered defeats to Stoke and Liverpool. The performances were dire and the players looked completely disinterested. The #WengerOut brigade was in full voice, calling for Wenger to leave the club and let someone with a fresh outlook on management assume the reins at the Emirates.
However, all that seems to be in the distant past now as Arsenal have registered three clean sheets on the spin. The Gunners bounced back from their embarrassing defeat against Liverpool with a comfortable 3-0 win against Bournemouth. This was followed up by a morale boosting 0-0 draw against Chelsea where the Arsenal side was reminiscent of the team that went to the Etihad Stadium and picked up the 2-0 victory in 2015. Finally, in the past weekend, Arsenal ran out easy winners against West Brom as Lacazette bagged a brace to secure a 2-0 victory.
Despite a tumultuous start to the league, Arsenal are only six points behind the brilliant Manchester City. With favourable fixtures on the horizon, it is imperative that Arsenal build and maintain momentum before their back-to-back clashes with Manchester City and Tottenham in November.
What this Arsenal side has exhibited in the past is, once they have momentum on their side, they can quickly establish themselves as an elite team capable of some sumptuous football. With the next four Premier League games reading: Brighton (H), Watford (A), Everton (A) and Swansea (A), this period of the season is paramount for Arsenal to pick up points and move their way up the table to the positions that they need to be in.
With Arsenal facing Manchester City, Tottenham and Manchester United in the space of one month, the security blanket of picking up points is essential to the success of Arsenal’s season. Failure to do so could result in the teams higher up the table moving so far out of sight that Arsenal are forced to evaluate their season objectives. The juggernauts that are the Manchester clubs will prove where Arsenal are as a squad and club and whether the performance at Stamford Bridge was a fluke. Losses in these games could send the season spiralling as the murmurs of Arsenal having an inferiority complex against bigger teams will arise again.
Arsenal fans are still salivating at the thought of Ozil, Sanchez and Lacazette stating together. Due to injuries and the form of other players, the attacking trio haven’t started a game together. The fixtures approaching will prove the perfect platform to test whether this attacking tandem can bare fruitful results and provide the foundation for our attacking unit in the future.
Wenger has done a very good job already this season of utilising the large squad size to keep all the players fresh. With the first team well rested and injury free, Arsenal will be looking to take advantage of their favourable fixtures and pick up maximum points from these coming fixtures and turning their attention to mammoth fixtures they have coming in November and December.
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