Arsenal face another key month of fixtures in February, with further progress in the Fa cup and the Champions league at stake, as well as the important battle to get past Everton and Tottenham into the qualifying places for next season’s elite European competition. One thing that the Gunners have got in their favour is that four out of the five games this month are at the Emirates stadium. This is the time for Arsenal to use home advantage to the full, and banish the nervousness that has affected us so badly at times, especially in the first half of games.
First up in the Premier league sees the visit of Stoke City tomorrow, followed by a trip to Sunderland next Saturday. These are the two teams we played in the first two games of the season, and both ended in goalless draws. Stoke are always tough to play at the Brittania but should be a different prospect tomorrow. With no wins in the last five League games and just one away win all season, Arsenal should get off to a good start with a thumping victory tomorrow.
After the away trip to Sunderland, Arsenal face Blackburn at home to get into the quarter finals of the FA cup. Again, home advantage could be very useful, and much better than travelling to a hostile championship crowd hoping for a giant killing. A win will put us within touching distance of a trophy, one that is sorely needed and could do wonders for the team in the future, relieving a lot of that tension.
We need the hoem crowd to be bouncing when Bayern Munich come to London the following Tuesday. It now looks like Gibbs will miss both legs in the champions league, while Monreal is cup tied, so a difficult task now looks gigantic. With a vocal Emirates behind them and the right attitude, Arsenal can beat anyone, though, and it would be fantastic to take a lead to Germany.
The last game of the month is another home game in the league, this time against Aston Villa. Another that we should win, and we must take maximum points in the league. We are three points behind Everton and four behind Spurs, who both have tougher schedules than us in February. If we can catch them or get closer this month, we have a great opportunity to claim a top four spot, because our first two games in March are against, you guessed it, Tottenham and Everton.