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September was a relatively successful month for the Gunners. Beating Liverpool well at Anfield got the ball rolling in the League followed by netting six goals against Southampton at the Emirates. The Champions League got underway halfway through September too with summer signing Olivier Giroud starting against his former club, and after a slow start with Vermaelen giving away a penalty Arsenal managed a quickfire comeback thanks to some brilliance from the French striker setting up fellow new signing Podolski, with Gervinho netting the winner not long after.
Gerv was in hot form after impressive displays against Montpellier and Southampton, however he looked a shadow of the composed striker he was against City with the Ivorian fluffing his lines a number of times and wasting glorious chances to knock the ball in the box. The Gunners could easily have been the first team to win at the Etihad in over 30 matches, but they couldn’t capitalize on early opportunities and had to leave it late to equalize through Laurent Koscielny’s effort.
The Gunners competed in their third competition within the past month as they hosted Coventry City at the Emirates and destroyed them in yet another 6-1 thumping. Giroud scored his first goal for the club and missed his first spot kick too! Walcott bagged a brace as well as a stunner from Oxlade-Chamberlain. Andrey Arshavin demonstrated why he should be selected in a more central midfield role after playing a starring role, while youngster Miquel also got on the scoresheet.
But Arsenal crashed back to reality with their first loss of the season to defending European and FA Cup champions Chelsea at the fortress. It was not a tidy game by anyone’s imagination and Wenger was naturally disappointed with opportunities not taken by the Arsenal strike force and some slack defending to boot. Questions need to be answered this month with some interesting fixtures ahead – check out this month’s preview below.
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October is set to be a testing month for the Gunners. Diaby is set to miss majority of the action in the coming weeks after his thigh strain, and now Arteta is a doubt ahead of the Olympiacos tie which will be no walk in the park. The return of Jack Wilshere and Emmanuel Frimpong to first team training is a boost for Wenger but the duo may not be ready for first team duties for a couple of weeks especially Wilshere.
Coming up this month are some ‘easier’ Premier League oppositions in West Ham, Norwich, QPR and Reading, but they will certainly not be a walk in the park. All four matches are must wins, and with the international break coming up it will give some players a chance to rest prior to four matches in ten days. Arsenal should gain all 18 points this October.
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