7 games in next 19 days – Arsenal have a hard slog ahead – Can we stay unbeaten?

We may have an easy game tomorrow night against Qarabag when we will see some of Arsenal’s youngsters on display, but we then begin the gruelling Christmas schedule on Sunday when we travel down to Southampton, where we have a poor record against the Saints. I am sure Emery will have the team fresh and ready, although we do seem to be lacking a few defenders! If we don’t lose it should mean we have gone four full months without losing a game!

The next Wednesday we face our old rivals Tottenham yet again in the Carabao Cup quarter-final. There is sure to be some rotation for that one too, but hopefully our home advantage should stand us in good stead again. Next up, just three days before Christmas, we have another home game against Burnley who have been dire this season compared to last.

Boxing Day takes us down to the South Coast again to take on Brighton, which is a potential banana skin as they have only lost two home games all season, but much more worrying is the fact that we have to travel up to Anfield on the 29th to face highflying Liverpool. But if we play as well against them as we did at the Emirates we may give them a surprise…

Our 7th game in this 19-day span is a home derby against Fulham, who have only won one of their last 11 games and should be easy pickings (Should be!)

So five of those games are League matches and a possible 15 points. How many would you be happy with?

Sam P

15 Comments

  1. Eddie Hoyte says:

    Getting All 15 points should see us in 3rd place come January. I know this. I just pray the least we get is 13 points

  2. Gavana says:

    13 Points minimum.

    1. Ashley says:

      Guys lets calm down we are still in a total transitional period at least for 18 months, while we should be optimistic we should also be realistic – lets take it a game at a time and see where we are at the end of December – suggesting we should be getting 18 points or 15 points is naive – lets get behind the boys one game at a time and not heap too much pressure on them COYG

  3. Sue says:

    I’d be happy with all 18 points & knocking the spuds out of the cup ?
    Seriously though, that is a lot of games! A couple of dodgy games too….
    I think Torreira’s on 4 yellows, he’s bound to have a suspension coming up (that little beast!)
    I would give anything for us to get something at Anfield… I cannot stand that fixture & I always want to throttle my husband when we’ve lost in the past ?
    We’ll just have to take it one game at a time… hopefully there won’t be any new injuries & the players who are injured (apart from Welbz & Holding) come back soon… as rotation will be needed for sure! COYG

  4. dragunov762mm says:

    I hope we are gonna be the first team who beat Liverpool this season. So we can bag all those 15 points. It’s not impossible according to the last match anyway.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      ??Stay positive!

  5. Innit says:

    Im hoping we get at least 4 wins and 1 draw in PL
    And
    beat Qarabag and Spuds

    but will be TOUGH

  6. JimBeam says:

    We will see what this team is made out of in the next 3 weeks. Wenger’s teams crumbled under pressure, I’m curious to see how Unai guides the team through this hectic schedule, suspensions and injuries. If we win all our PL games and draw with Pool it will be an excellent result.

  7. Break-on-through says:

    I think it’s time to give S Rowe a shot. I reckon his pre season form sparked Iwobi, I don’t know what happened to his (Iwobi’s) confidence, but he needs to shape up or he will regret it next season. Rowe looks better in the final third than Iwobi, not as good a dribbler but he can play. Rowe needs to try and seize the opportunity and Iwobi needs to be aware of it. Some competition would be good for them. Willock looked very good in his last game, I’d like it if we looked at a couple of the youngsters when the first teams legs start looking heavy.

  8. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    Yes, starting from tomorrow night in the Europa against Qarabag FK at the Ems, I believe Arsenal will not only remain unbeaten during the Christmas and New Year heavy 7 match scheduling they have to play in 19 days, but will win all the 7 matches that will include beating Jorgen Klopp’s managed Liverpool team for the first time in the PL. So, not to mince my words, Arsenal will remain unbeaten in all competitions indefinitely till further notice that looks to be up to the end of this season’s campaign if all things work according to plan at the Emirates Stadium.

    But honestly. I don’t think Arsenal will take risk to field a 2nd XI team but a strong first XI team against Tottenham Hotspur at the Ems in the Carabao. For, I am inclined to think the Totts will come in into the match with a strong first team starting XI to try to avenge the defeat suffered to them in the PL by Arsenal at the Ems some 2 weeks ago. Therefore, Arsenal should not give them the chance on a plate to end their hard earned unbeaten run but deny them by fielding a very strong first team starting XI to beat them again.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      I agree and Spurs haven’t won anything for how long? They will trying to win, especially with the added bonus of knocking Arsenal out.

  9. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    Okay, since Torreira is said to be on 4 yellow, Emery should manage him by telling him to tread carefully in the Southampton game so as not to draw a yellow in the match. Which if he does he’ll miss the Totts game where he’ll be very needed to play to help knock them out. But should he escaped bookings in the Southampton, Totts and Burnley games, he should be told to be extra vigilant to avoid getting a yellow in the Brighton game or he’s not played in match at all. So that he’ll be available for the all important big game against Liverpool.

  10. Grandad says:

    The Southampton match will be a real physical battle as they will be energised by the first home match under their new Manager who,s name escapes me.Without Holding and Socratis we will be vulnerable at set pieces so we need to control the midfield to restrict their opportunities from free kicks and corners..We need to play Ramsay and Ozil ahead of Torr eria and Xhaka to gain the control we need to exploit their defensive weaknesses.Hopefully Kocielney and Monreal will do the business at centre back.Tomorrow’s match is an irrelevance but we must win at Southampton.

  11. Aubamezzette says:

    Lets not take Spurs for granted cos we’ve beaten them already this season or because its a league cup….
    -use mainly reserves against Quarabag
    -Field the best XI against Southampton-start Lacazette n let him play 90mins, bring Aubameyang in d 2nd half.
    Take off some other key players when we leading comfortably including Torreira.
    Torreira is a yellow away from suspension n we need him most against Spurs n Liverpool.
    -Start with d best XI except Cech in goal against Spurs , Aubameyang to play 90mins. Lacazette to come in d 2nd half.
    -… Torreira to start against Burnley n one of Lacazette or Aubameyang.
    -i wont risk Torreira getting a yellow card against Brighton so he would be rested..
    -Liverpool start the best XI.
    ie: Leno, Bellerin,Sokratis,Koscielny,Monreal,Kolasinac,Torreira,Xhaka,Iwobi,Lacazette,Aubameyang.
    Lacazette in RW.

  12. Midkemma says:

    I’m expecting to see Emery use more depth from Arsenal, use some kids to give players rests.
    Seen this coming up and said I would like to see the kids used more, Pleg appears to be injured but I would def say we will see some Medley.

    Unless people think Emery will not trust kids? Right Jon and Phil? I know I said Pleg and Medley and they are both young but if they are good enough then they will play. Like Guendouzi who is younger than Pleg but plays. I know our U23 team hasn’t been great recently but Pleg hasn’t played for a while and I do think that is highlighting something. We won the U23 last season and we should hold pride in our youth development.

    Please do not tell me young players will not be given a chance if they are good enough.

    Torreira is 22 and Guendouzi is 18. Both of them are young players and both of them have been trusted with vital team roles.

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