Our season hasn’t gotten off to the greatest start, and we are really struggling for goals at the moment. Things unquestionably need to change quickly, or we could see our season end before it’s even begun – just like last year.
Our next seven fixtures could be make or break, as we have a number of tricky – but hugely important – games coming thick and fast throughout September and early October.
We have a game almost every three days from September 12th to Oct 4th, starting with Stoke and finishing with Manchester United.
There are two Champions League group stage games against Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos, with our European forays sandwiching Premier League visits to Chelsea and Leicester, as well as a trip to White Hart Lane for the Capital One Cup.
Sept 12th – Stoke – Home
Sept 16th – Dinamo Zagreb – Away
Sept 19th – Chelsea – Away
Sept 23rd – Tottenham – Away
Sept 26th – Leicester – Away
Sept 29th Olympiacos – Home
Oct 4th – Manchester United – Home
Our squad is likely to be pushed to the limit over the course of the 23 day period, and we really need to improve if we are to keep our season alive.
Continued poor form could see us out of the cup, struggling in the Champions League, and lagging behind in the Premier League. We cannot afford to fall behind the pack again this season, and really need to turn things around quickly.
The first two fixtures are most certainly winnable, and despite a number of players away on international duty, there should be no excuses whatsoever. The following four games in the space of ten days could be tricky, and we need to manage our squad properly if we want to come through them unscathed.
It seems possible that Arsene Wenger will field a weakened side against Tottenham in the Capital One Cup, with less importance likely to be put on the competition. It may be a chance for some of the youngsters to get some game time, but we should still be doing everything we can to beat our North London rivals.
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Hopefully we have something left in the tank by the time we reach our home games against Olympiacos and Manchester United at home, because if we come through this period successfully then our season could really start to look bright.