Arsenal’s recent tale of woe when they playing February makes for grim reading.
FA Cup exits against lower league opponents, Champions League defeats against AC Milan and Bayern Munich and League Cup final losses have all been part of the mix for Arsene Wenger’s men in the second month of the year since 2007; this year, they are facing the prospect of another daunting challenge.
Saturday’s Premier League clash at Anfield is followed by games against Manchester United and Liverpool again in the FA Cup, before Bayern come to London in the Champions League. Could Arsenal’s February curse be about to strike again?
Aaron Ramsey is out for 6 weeks and thus missing the february fever at the Emirates. Jack Wilshere has niggling ankle injuries though may feature against the Reds. Flamini has a 3 match ban. Kallstrom came with an injury. Will the gunners survive?
“At the moment, we need more midfielders. We are looking at the opportunities. We are looking to try and bring at least one body in because we are a bit hit now by the red card of [Mathieu] Flamini, the setback of [Aaron] Ramsey, the fact that [Jack] Wilshere is not available. In an area where we had a lot of players, suddenly we are a bit short.” – Wenger before Crystal Palace.
Even Per Metersacker knows it is a defining month of the season
“February could be the season-defining month with a lot of crucial games coming up. [We have] big clashes against Liverpool in the FA Cup, against Bayern Munich and big games in the Premier League.
“So February is going to be the crucial month of this season in defining how we do.”
With an eye on City and Chelsea, the gunners must overcome their fears and proove the doubters wrong. come out tops. The victory over Pulis and Palace puts the gunners in a good frame of mind against the big boys as they file out to battle.
Arsenal must take maximum point from Liverpool to put away the fears of capsizing at the raging sea of important fixtures. Manchester United must be disunited at the Emirates to end that respect for the Devils. This will give Bayern nightmares before we face them at the UCL.
The records say otherwise in recent years, but records are there to be broken.
Fear Not, Oh Arsenal.