It has been a funny old season in the Premier League season so far, and not just for Arsenal who seem to be doing things on a month by month basis. I mean, really, if you had said at the start that in February the top two would be Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur while Chelsea would be fighting relegation they would have measured you for a straitjacket.
Just recently the Gunners have been either hot or cold every month. December was great and January was, well, not! But February has started well and Arsenal need it to be another good one. A look at the fixtures, though, could have you reaching for the bottle.
In fact the next two months are fairly daunting, with a double header in the Champions League against the current holders Barcelona as well as the next round (or two hopefully) of the FA cup. Also the big priority that is the Premier League sees us take on the leaders Leicester this weekend. Then it is Man United away, Swansea at home and Tottenham away.
But as former Gunner Martin Keown told the BBC there is a very simple way for Arsenal to cope with this tough run of fixtures and it is all in the mind. Wenger and the players should be looking foward to these games with relish as it gives us an opportunity to get one over on our rivals and take control of the title race.
Keown said, “It was crucial that Arsenal beat Bournemouth on Sunday because they have a massive month ahead of them, and they needed to restore some belief and find some momentum.
“The Gunners are going strong in three competitions – the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League – and have a big opportunity to land at least one trophy.
“Nobody is giving them a chance against Barcelona in Europe but that does not mean they cannot beat them. It is a daunting prospect but, if I were still a competitor, I would fancy my chances of winning that tie. Why not?
“There are some tough fixtures coming up in the league too – Leicester at home next Sunday and trips to Manchester United and Tottenham – but they are games to look forward to, not fear.
“As an Arsenal player I won the title at Old Trafford in 2002 and at White Hart Lane in 2004.
“If the Gunners are going to win the title again this year, then they have got to pull a big result out of the bag sooner or later.
“The next few weeks give them that chance to get a season-defining win of their own.”
Great advice from the ex-Arsenal defender there I reckon, but will the players take it on board?