Connect in the back of the net

After taking just one point from their last three Premier League fixtures, is Arsenal’s slight slump in form anything to worry about for the Gooners faithful?

Firstly, overall, Arsene Wenger’s side are enjoying a very good season thus far. Despite taking a solitary point from a possible nine, the Gunners are just three points off surprise leaders Leicester City. Arsenal are still fighting strong in the Champions League and the FA Cup, as well.

However, should they be alarmed by their recent dip? After beating Newcastle United 1-0 in the league and Sunderland 3-1 in the FA Cup, the Gunners drew back-to-back Premier League away games against Liverpool and Stoke City respectively, before suffering a disappointing 1-0 home loss to Chelsea last week.

Nevertheless, the north London outfit did see off Burnley in the fourth round of the FA Cup to get back to winning ways on Saturday.

Deja vu?

You can’t blame the Arsenal fans for having a serious case of deja vu as we enter the final stretch of the season. How many times in recent years have we seen Wenger’s side in a great position to add to their three Premier League titles, only for a disastrous run-in to leave them feeling gutted come May? Remember, Arsenal haven’t won the title since the 2003-04 season, and they did go nine years without winning a single trophy recently.

But, things are different this season – for a start, Chelsea and Manchester United are out of the race already. Liverpool are struggling, and the Foxes have never been here before.

Of course, Claudio Ranieri’s side need to be taken seriously, but it looks as though Manchester City are the Gunners’ biggest rivals.

Must return to winning ways

Arsenal welcome Southampton to the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night. When these two met on Boxing Day, the Saints shocked the footballing world with a stunning 4-0 victory over the Gunners. It was without doubt Arsenal’s lowest point of the season so far, and the result just proved what Ronald Koeman’s side are capable of. The Saints are also fresh off the back of an excellent 1-0 win at Old Trafford, courtesy of a late goal from new £4m signing Charlie Austin.

It’s imperative to Arsenal’s title aspirations that they get back to winning ways in the Premier League, sooner rather than later. After hosting Southampton, Wenger’s troops travel to Bournemouth before welcoming current leaders Leicester to the Emirates.

It will be very interesting to see what shape the Gunners are in for the visit of the Foxes in a fortnight’s time.

Crucial triple-decker

In summary, we will know a lot more about their title chances within the next three games. That goes for Leicester too, who host Liverpool, then travel to City before arriving in north London.

It’s a huge month as far as the title race in concerned – however, Arsenal will be hoping they’ve had their minor blip and can get right back on track against the Saints on Tuesday.


Written by Gareth Hinton

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