27
Sep

Arsenal’s chance to gain momentum- Wenger’s time to be cautious


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Arsenal came under criticism at the start of the campaign after a shaky performance against Leicester and disappointing defeats at Stoke and Liverpool. Three games into the season, Arsenal were looking miserable and were not even considered to be among the big boys.

That situation has changed. A solid performance at Stamford Bridge and wins against Bournemouth and West Brom have put the crisis on hold and the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Sead Kolasinac have shown great ability so far. However, that has not made the fans very happy- another disappointment will trigger some sort of meltdown. Lucky for Wenger, he has a lot of games coming up where his red army are considered favourites.

Arsenal’s next big game is as far away as November.

The Gunners have the chance to put together a winning streak going into crunch games against Manchester City and Tottenham. Arsene Wenger knows that a single slip-up (similar to the one at Stoke). Arsenal have games against Brighton and Hove Albion, Swansea City and Norwich City where they are expected to grab easy wins. The Gunners also have the chance to inject confidence in the team through wins against respectable opposition in the form of Everton and BATE Borisov.

The boss will have to be wary of the work load it puts on his players. He will have to put his brain to the test to find the correct combinations without upsetting the balance of the team. He is known for giving his youngsters a chance and that should excite the likes of Rob Holding, Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Alex Iwobi may get a lot of first team appearances in the upcoming flurry of games.

Maitland-Niles may get his big break given his ability to fit into a lot of positions

Arsenal’s ability to deliver consistently will be put to test- one that they have failed recently. Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette’s ability to decimate inferior opposition may come in handy over this period. Wenger will have to be on his toes to make sure that Arsenal cruise into the big games that will put them into the title picture once again.

Lacazette is slowly going into beast mode

For all Arsenal’s woes, there may finally be some good times coming to North London. Arsene Wenger is tasked with orchestrating an easy but hard-fought winning streak which should make the squad much more confident for the rest of the campaign. This is a task that he has to complete in order to stand a chance of making the club relevant in the big picture once again. With Granit Xhaka slowly gaining form, Alexandre Lacazette settling in and the back three gelling together, that might just come to fruition.


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