While playing Everton, Manchester City and Chelsea in 3 of your first 7 games could be considered a tough start to the season, picking up 2 points from a possible 9 in those games isn’t going to do you too many favours going forward. Arsenal, having a relatively easy run of fixtures starting against Hull City later today, thus cannot afford to drop their guard and lose any more points from now till the end of November, when they play Hull City, Sunderland, Burnley, Swansea City, Manchester United and West Brom in the Premier League. In addition, why the next few weeks could prove crucial to Arsenal’s season?
The Gunners, over the years, have been clinical in polishing off the smaller sides, and making sure that they stayed in touch with the pace-setters at the top of the Premier League table. In fact, Arsenal’s 128-day vigil at the Premier League summit last season was a result of their ability to win those winnable games. So there’s no reason why Arsenal can’t repeat such performances this season and, by doing so, surge up the Premier League table from their current position at 8th.
However, the task might not be as easy as is anticipated, with the Gunners’ squad already stretched with an unbelievable number of injuries, putting huge pressure on their frontline – Welbeck, Sanchez, Chamberlain and Walcott(when he returns) – to score goals, which is the only way to win matches at this level. By scoring just 11 goals from their first 7 games, Arsenal aren’t doing any favour for themselves and now face more pressure than ever, to breakdown teams.
Albeit you expect Arsenal to get back into the thick of things, and start delivering expected results, the onus is on their frontline to bail them out of trouble. A stretched squad won’t make matters any easier, but this is where Wenger and other exemplary players (Arsenal don’t have many) in the side got to assume responsibility and start delivering the goods. No more slip-ups!