One of the final problems facing Arsenal in the quest to regain the Premier League crown, in my opinion, is the ability to keep the motivation levels as high as possible and to keep pushing ourselves to perform even when we are faced with a game we are expected to win with ease.
That should not be a problem over the next month, because January sees the Gunners faced with some tough looking fixtures. Two difficult away games at Liverpool and Stoke are followed by the visit of Chelsea at the end of January but Arsenal must finish the month in a very strong position. Arsenal are currently around 5/4 favourites to win the title, but are likely to be a lot lower at the end of the month so get your bet in early. But before thinking of placing a bet on Arsenal? Don’t spend your own cash – visit LFBO and get a no deposit free bet!
It really is a case of making hay while the sun shines for us because in about a month from now our main EPL rivals Manchester City will be getting Vincent Kompany back from injury. Now you might say that we have enough crocked players of our own to worry about and while that is true, we seem to be coping better and it was clear once again last night that Man City are just not the same team without their talisman and leader at the back.
So I fully expect them to drop points in January from their away games at Watford and West Ham and their home ties with Everton and Crystal Palace, especially as they have a Capital One Cup double header with Everton to cope with. After that, however, they will have Kompany back and could go on a storming run so the Gunners need to build a gap before then.
That means making sure that we approach every single match in the best possible way and producing something like our top form, starting with not being complacent against Newcastle on Saturday. Can we do it?