It’s almost certain to all and sundry that grass is green, roses are red, the sky is blue and Arsenal always finish fourth in the English top flight. The recurring themes of Arsene Wenger’s reign at the club is well-documented, of course, one of the more familiar and worrying trends is Arsenal’s annual struggle in November.
The next 30 days could prove to be very crucial to Arsenal’s 2017/18 campaign given that the Gunners’ record is traditionally worse in November than in any other month in the calendar. It’s almost as if as the clocks go backwards across the globe, at the end of October each year, so invariably do Arsenal.
At 1.59, the gunners’ points per game ratio in November is far worse than in any other month in Wenger’s 20 year tenure and way down on their average for the rest of the year – opposed to average 2.18 points per game in March, 2.14 and 2.15 in the preceding months of September and October being the most successful periods for the club.
The North Londoners have won just 37 league games in that month, a figure fewer than half of the 81 fixtures they have played.
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Last season, they drew in three consecutive games against Spurs (H), Manchester United (A), PSG(H) [in the champions league], before picking up a win against the cherries to salvage a consolation later in that month.
To add insult to injury, they lost both Santi Carzola and Aaron Ramsey to injury for a lengthy period of time. A better swift of luck will be needed on that.
Nevertheless, the North London side will need to buck that trend if they are to maintain their Premier League title push, and close in on league leaders Manchester City.
With key fixtures against Manchester City and Tottenham coming up before and after the international break respectively, Arsenal have to be at their very best to get the highly anticipated results.
Arsenal currently sit fourth on the League standings after 10 games and are at the back of a stunning comeback against Swansea City, a game in which they won 2-1 and a performance they will look to repeat in the coming month.
Arsenal’s November 2017 fixtures
Man City (A)
FC Cologne (A)