After picking up only two wins in their first seven Premier League matches, Arsenal need to pick up some wins soon to pump some life into their hopes of a top-four place this season. Their October slate offers up the chance to do so, as they have consecutive favorable home matches against Sunderland and Stoke City, but they finish the month with a crucial away match against title-contending Chelsea.
The Gunners also face a very important away fixture in the Champions League this month, as they visit Marseille in the first of two matches that could all but decide whether Arsenal reach the round of 16 as group winners or runners-up.
Chelsea v Arsenal
Arsenal’s issues away from home are well-documented. With their 2-1 defeat at Tottenham earlier this month, the Gunners are now winless in their four away league matches this season, and they’re winless in their last eight away league matches overall dating back to April.
However, a win at Chelsea on October 29 would put an end to those woes in an emphatic fashion, and it could also serve as a turning point for Arsenal’s season. Chelsea have the upper hand against Arsenal as of late, winning five of the last seven Premier League meetings between the two, and Stamford Bridge has been a fortress for the Blues in recent years, so Arsenal face a tall, tall task to be able to come away with a victory.
Even with the Gunners struggling, this matchup is always a hot ticket. If you don‘t want to miss out on the action at the Bridge, you can find Chelsea v. Arsenal tickets at TicketBis starting from £223.60.
Marseille v Arsenal
It remains to be seen if Arsenal will be in the Champions League next season, but a long run in the competition is still very possible. Finishing top of Group F could help those chances, given the favorable round of 16 matchup that a first-place finish could earn.
As it stands, Arsenal are in second in Group F with four points from two matches, but their next two matches are against current frontrunners Marseille, who picked up wins in their first two matches. Getting a positive result in Marseille next Tuesday night would set the Gunners up to be able to move into the driver’s seat in the group with a win in the corresponding fixture at the Emirates next month.
Marseille, like Arsenal, have struggled domestically thus far, but Europe has been a different story, and Didier Deschamps’ side, led by several players who have been linked with Arsenal, will be tough to take down at the Stade Velodrome.
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