Over the last two seasons you’d probably say that the majority of things said about Arsenal have been negative, especially where Arsene Wenger is concerned.
Last season everything seemed to come to a head as there were fan led protests and planes flying “Wenger Out” banners over football stadiums as those unhappy with the Frenchman’s failure to move the club forward made it clear they wanted him to step down. Much to the dismay of some, he penned a 2 year contract extension at the back end of the campaign.
This season started with a remarkable game at the Emirates against Leicester City, with The Gunners running out 4-3 winners after being behind, twice. Things then took a more familiar turn as Arsenal lost away at Stoke 1-0 before being hammered by Liverpool at Anfield by 4 goals to nil. The Liverpool defeat was appalling and many felt that this was to be the way things continued until Wenger left his post as manager.
Since then Arsenal have been in remarkable form. They beat Bournemouth 3-0 on the back of the horror show at Anfield and then headed to Stamford Bridge to play current champions Chelsea, in a game many expected to be wholly one sided. In fact, Arsenal more than held their own and at times looked extremely dominant against Antonio Conte’s men. They’re currently on a 4 game unbeaten run in the Premier League in which they’ve won 3, including two consecutive victories. Not only that but they have kept 4 successive clean sheets too.
If they carry that form into their next 3 Premier League fixtures things could get extremely interesting indeed. They face Watford and Everton away before returning to the Emirates to take on Paul Clement’s Swansea City. According to sports betting operators, one can look at all three games and feel that Arsenal are capable of picking up maximum points from each of them, especially as they seem to play so well at this time of year. The Gunners are currently level on points with Chelsea in 4th, a point behind North London rivals Spurs and 5 adrift of the two Manchester clubs. Up next for Spurs are two home fixtures at Wembley, with one being against a free scoring Liverpool side and Manchester United head to Anfield next time out. There’s a real chance to make up some ground.
The next three games could also be pivotal as following them Arsenal face Manchester City at the Emirates before taking on Spurs in the big North London derby at Wembley. The momentum they could generate by at least keeping their unbeaten streak intact heading into those two games could be crucial. Many would expect Man City to wipe the floor with Arsenal, no matter the venue but so far we haven’t seen any side attack City and when that happened last season, they were left wanting at times. North London fans will be betting their team, on home soil, will go for it. Then there’s Spurs and their Wembley hoodoo. These next 5 games could be very interesting for Arsenal fans, for all the right reasons.