Another Nightmare November for Arsenal by Sam P
When the football media started to remind us about Arsenal’s poor record in November in the Premier League under Arsene Wenger, with the stats showing that it was by far the worst month for the Gunners in terms of points per game, it seemed to be nothing more than a statistical oddity.
After all the team was flying in October. Arsenal had blown away Manchester United at home and Watford and Swansea away all by a 3-0 scoreline and we had done the unthinkable in beating Bayern Munich to keep the Champions League dream alive.
But this turned out to be possibly the worst November ever and it has left Wenger and his players reeling. We do still have those European hopes, even if they are pretty slim, but the Premier League title challenge has lurched from setback to disaster.
As well as taking just two points from a possible nine from games we expected to win, Arsenal have picked up no fewer than five more injury problems, so how on earth do we recover from this nightmare month?
Well after he has stopped feeling sorry for himself, the boss is sure to have some ideas and I guess the main one will be not to panic. In the cold light of day there are some reasons for us to keep believing. One is that we are still just two points off the current leaders Man City, despite the problems.
And we are due to play City at the Emirates at the end of next month and if we win that and our games against Sunderland and Aston Villa before that Arsenal should be top at Christmas, as unlikely as that feels right now.
And among all the bad injury news you should not forget that, according to the updates reported on Just Arsenal’sspecial injury page, by the time Pellegrini’s team come to London we should have Walcott and Wilshere back as well as Ramsey and the Ox.
Don’t lose hope Gooners, because a decent December will make us forget that nightmare November.