Now or Never November – The Month That Could Make or Break Arsenal’s Season

On 29th October 2014 by Kieran

Arsenal haven’t had the start to the season they have been wishing for and this month may just make or break Arsenal’s season. But with recent victories at both Anderlecht and Sunderland will this be the morale boost to put them back on track for title contention?

November is set to be an action packed month with 6 Club fixtures and an international break.

Arsenal kick off the November fixtures by hosting Burnley at the Emirates. This (on paper) should be a straightforward match for Arsenal and it will be crucial to grab three points to ensure they are within touching distance of the current top four, especially Chelsea.  A return for Theo Walcott will be much welcomed by the Arsenal fans even if it is not the full match.

The next match on the cards is sees Anderlecht visit the Emirates. Yet again this should not be a struggle for Arsenal, especially on home territory as they look to forget their last minute win in Brussels. Wenger admitted in his post match interview in Brussels that there were flaws in the defence saying that he would need “everybody to put a bit more effort into the defensive work”. A win against Anderlecht will give Arsenal some hope of topping their Champions League group.

On the 9th November Arsenal will travel to Wales where they will face Swansea City who are currently on level terms with the Gunners in the Premier League. Swansea are punching above their weight at the moment in the league and it will be vital to come away with three points. Although Swansea are not to be to be underestimated having already cause upset at United. Arsenal also may be without key man Alexis Sanchez due to Chile’s international match against Venezuela on the 10th.

Following the Internationals the Gunners will play host to Manchester United. This may be the most critical match of the month. Louis van Gaal’s side have also been through a similar struggle as Arsenal, although having signed world class players such as Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao. Having recently grabbed a draw against Chelsea with the return of Fergie time United may just be on the turn around that Arsenal are also searching for. A win against the Red Devils will make a strong statement to the rest of the league, either way it should be a close match, but strong performances all around should see Arsenal prevail.

Perhaps Arsenal’s most significant match of November will see Borussia Dortmund who are top of Arsenal’s Champions League group visit the Emirates. This match will most likely be the decider of who tops Group D, providing Arsenal don’t slip up afterwards at Galatasaray or beforehand against Andelecht.

The final fixture of November will take place at The Hawthorns. West Brom have only had one home victory so far this season so this should be an easy match up for Arsenal. This may be a match that will top off a good month for the Gunners or one where Arsenal will be desperate to grab any points from it.

Wenger believes “You see your true players in November” and lets hope he’s correct. Having already been struggling fielding a full starting XI due to so many injuries, with the return some players including Walcott this could be the month that changes Arsenal’s season for the better. Alternatively it could be the month that chews Arsenal up and spits them back out. With International matches as well as 6 club matches this will be where players have the biggest potential of picking up injuries or knocks that could leave them out for future key matches. Especially with star man Alexis Sanchez who will in all likelihood be the strong point of the team and the man to spur them on to victory, playing a necessary role in both the United and Dortmund match.

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