With a 2-0 win under their belt against West Brom and growing confidence, Arsenal will be looking to sit amongst the title challengers by the end of October. With a relatively easier run of matches to look forward to, Arsenal fans can be forgiven for believing they’ll be right at the top in the next few weeks.
After a poor start to the season, which saw them lose 1-0 away to Stoke City and absolutely capitulate against Liverpool, Arsenal’s season has finally started to tick as they now face a run of fixtures against lower opposition. The aftermath of that 5-0 hammering at Anfield caused a panic for Arsene Wenger as he looked to recover as soon as possible and with fixtures against Bournemouth, Chelsea and West Brom, Arsenal could feel positive of at least getting six points.
Now with the three points wrapped up against West Brom, Arsenal have accumulated seven points from those three fixtures, a very good recovery, and one that was aided by an impressive performance against the Champions, Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Many believed Arsenal should have actually won the fixture but surely, Wenger would have been pleased to have been the first club to stop Antonio Conte’s men from scoring at home since the Italian’s arrival.
It is Alexandre Lacazette who is getting all the plaudits!
The games against Bournemouth and West Brom, while many would think on paper to be easy, they still had to be won and Arsenal produced professional performances against both. With Alexis Sanchez coming back into the side with a positive attitude, it is a huge boost, but most of all, it’s new signing Alexandre Lacazette who is getting all the plaudits. Having scored two minutes into his Emirates debut, the Frenchman has bagged a further three goals in four total fixtures at home, taking his tally to four for the season. It is a good sign to see a striker who is on red hot form and with Olivier Giroud as backup to him, he will get plenty of rest for the upcoming games too.
Arsenal’s next four fixtures in October are against newly-promoted Brighton, Watford, Everton and Swansea City, with the latter three currently struggling for form. In theory, the Gunners should be picking up maximum points against all four sides, and if they can, this can lead to a massive boost to their Top 4 credentials, not to mention having a genuine shot at the title.
Of course it all matters how results elsewhere go but with the form Arsenal are in right now, you wouldn’t put it past them to collect 12 points. Brighton’s away form this season has seen them score one goal in three games and pick up one point from a possible nine. Seeing as they will be playing an in-form Arsenal side at the Emirates, things will look even tougher for the newcomers. Watford themselves have had a hard time at Vicarage Road, where they will face Arsenal mid October. Having barely drawn 3-3 with Liverpool, they drew 0-0 with Brighton and lost 6-0 to Man City, all at home. This doesn’t bode well when they take on the Gunners next.
Everton have had a dismal season so far, being poor in the Premier League and worse in Europe, where they were expected to go far. Ronald Koeman’s men know they have to change matters before it’s too late and with job security dangerously thin nowadays, Koeman will be under intense pressure to get at least a point against Arsenal. In these games, Arsenal tend to shine when their opponents are fragile.
Swansea City will be the final fixture in October for the Gunners and one where three points look very likely at the Emirates. Swansea have struggled plenty and after losing Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente, they haven’t managed to replace the duo’s importance in the side. It will be an interesting challenge for the Swans but surely an easy three points for Arsenal.
Arsenal started the season with a 3-5-2 formation, a bold move at the back end of last season, which resulted in a great run of form. Ever since that formation change, Arsenal have had more bodies in midfield, their strongest point, and seen dividends as the likes of Ramsey, Xhaka and Mesut Ozil have all had more freedom with the ball.
After the poor start, Arsene Wenger refined their playing style and saw them play more as a collective, defending together and sticking to their position when not in possession. This has seen a mini resurgence in The Gunners’ play and a greater attacking threat, one that will be pivotal now.
You never know which Arsenal side will turn up when these fixtures come up and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see some slip-ups, but in the form they are in, Arsenal look like they will definitely be fighting for Top 4 come the end of October.