Arsenal are on a really good run for the last five games, and have the chance to progress in two Cup competitions this month, as well as continuing our fine form in the League, but the Gunners midfielder Mikel Arteta is keeping his feet on the ground and is aware that the newly consistent Arsenal team have to continue this form or risk being devastated in the coming games.
Arsene Wenger’s team have to face Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup, Bayern Munich in the Champions League, and of course the (easy?) home game against Aston Villa in the Premier League. All those are crucial, but Arteta is aware that these are just warm ups to the most important game. Looking at the betting for these three games, Unibet are making Arsenal 1.28 favourites to beat Blackburn, 1.35 to beat Villa but they are a massive 3.40 to beat Bayern Munich, despite all three games being played at the Emirates.
If Arsenal can come through these games without losing, then the big game arrives. With Tottenham four points ahead of the Gunners in the coveted Fourth Place, the North London derby could have extra added importance this time around, and the result could have far-reaching consequences.
Arteta is well aware of how crucial this could be to our season. He said: “It’s a massive game. It could be decisive in the race for the top four. I know the manager’s record of always getting there but 10 years ago it was easier than it is now.
“Now there are so many more sides with equal spending power. There’s been a big improvement in English football.
“There is no other league in Europe where it’s as tough and no other league where the levels are as hard as here to get to the Champions League. Over here there are five or six top teams.”
“February is the crucial month. Everything can look brighter at the end of this month, or really, really bad. We’re on a really good run. We have players hitting top form.”
You couldn’t be more right Mikel, and there will be millions of Arsenal fans looking forward with trepidation, but at least we are going into these games with a good bit of form behind us and simply have to retain the spirit, togetherness and battling qualities that have stood us in good stead over the last month. Can we do it?
YES WE CAN!