Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal players know they are in a fight for a top four place in the champions league this season. Arsenal are currently sitting in fifth place, and the two Manchester clubs look like fighting it out for top spot. Arsenal are left fighting it out with Chelsea, Tottenham, Everton, West Brom, Liverpool and maybe even Stoke and Swansea for the next two qualifying places for the champions league.
With three important league games against Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool this month, Arsenal have a great chance to pick up points against teams around us. It also means that if we lose the games, we will lose vital ground on our direct rivals. We do not want to have too much ground to make up by the end of January.
Our next game is away to Swansea in the FA cup, and if we win that, then there is the fourth round matches near the end of the month. The FA cup represents the best chance for the Gunners to end the seven year trophy drought. If we go out of the cup, it will frustrate the fans and players and could have a bad effect on confidence.
Our French defender, Laurent Koscielny, has been talking about how important this month is for Arsenal. He knows that the team must be at it’s best in the weeks to come.
“It is very difficult, it is a race and I think there are five or six teams who can finish in the top four.
“Every game you (watch) the other scores, but if you don’t win your match then it is nothing to see these results. It is very important to get the three points every time and then look for the other scores.
“Every weekend is difficult, it is a little war. It is very important to fight together until the finish.
“Now we have a lot of very important games against teams who want to play in next season’s champions league so it is vital to stay focused on these matches and win.”