The jury is still out on whether Arsenal are set for their usual Nasty November or not, and tomorrow’s game at the Emirates will be a big pointer for us.
The Gunners haven’t simply become a bad team at the end of October, as has happened in previous seasons, but three successive draws have made the fans become a little jittery, which makes a win in tomorrow’s game even more imperative. Arsenal are currently three points from the top, but with Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City all playing today, the pack could start pulling away so Arsenal MUST win to stay with the pace. As Wenger said: “It depends now what we will do for the last weeks of November to assess it [as a month]. But at the moment, we haven’t lost. We had difficult games: Tottenham, Man United and of course Paris Saint-Germain. It’s three difficult games in a row but let’s see how we finish November.”
Which obviously means starting tomorrow, and Wenger was asked if it was important to get the three points against the Cherries? “Yes, of course [it’s more important now],” said Wenger. “The positive side is that we don’t lose, but that is not positive enough for us. We want to win our games and build momentum. Sometimes you go a little bit through spells where it’s less easy and we want to come back to the three pointers.
“Slowly there are little differences [in the title race] but I think as long as there is not nine points or 10 points difference, the teams are in the race. Over 10 points difference after a third of the season and you can say that it is too many points.”
Despite our massive talented squad we have hardly looked dangerous, especially in our last two games, so let’s hope that it is not a mental block (as has been suggested) when we hit November. It’s time for us to prove that that is not the case….