So after 7 games in the League this season, we’ve only managed 10 points from a possible 21, 9 points off leaders Chelsea and 4 places off the 4th place trophy and all of a sudden, Mancheste United who had spent good time at the bottom are now above us.
So, are we plunging into a crisis then? A look at the fixture schedule gives suggestions to the contrary.
We have unarguably struggled for points this season, and as easy as it is to say that there are no easy fixtures in the league, it is undeniable really that some games take a little more to win that the others. In the past League games, we’ve gone to Everton, Leciester and Chelsea, with just 2 points to show for it. Tottenham and Manchester City have visited the Emirates, and though we went behind in those games, we fought back to grab a point. But the coming run of fixtures should give us a good chance to garner more points and really get our campaign on track.
After the International break gives way, a run of games will see us host Hull on the 18th before back-to-back away games – first to far away Belgium to face Anderlecht, and then to the North-East of England to face Gus Poyet’s Sunderland. Burnley come to the Emirates after which Champions League Matchday 4 brings the visit of Anderlecht.
These are all very winnable games for us, given the right approach to each as they are sure to present different classes of opposition. While Hull seem set to continue their impressive form of last season under Steve Bruce, they will not be pushovers even if it’ll be a home game for us, but we must have enough to beat them, so as to erase the memory of the disappointment at Stamford Bridge.
Anderlecht appear to be the whipping boys in our Champions League group though they will be looking to get more points on the board after being on the end of an absolute hammering from Dortmund. The home and away ties are really must win games for us to have a good chance of making it safely into the second round, and complacency aside, there’s shouldn’t be much to stand in our away.
Swansea and Manchester United, away and home respectively, will be the interlude before we’d have to face Dortmund again to settle old scores. While Swansea have mellowed from their early season vibration, United seem to be on the way up now, but their defence still has enough holes to be exploited, though there may be a chance that some of the injured defenders would have returned. We’ve not managed many victories over United in recent season and the challenge of beating a top four rival will be renewed on Wenger’s mind too. As for Dortmund, we always know how to avenge them.
Momentum counts very much in the progress of a team within a campaign, and a run of wins will surely lift us into the place we expect to be this season.
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