Arsenal have once again gone through a host of injury problems in the current campaign and are now struggling to win games on a consistent basis, with 10 of their stars out injured at the moment. The north London side have had this problem going on for them since the past few seasons and Arsene Wenger’s reluctance to not spend has not helped their cause as well.
The French manager had made his intention to challenge for more titles apart from the FA Cup quite clear prior to the start of the new campaign though it seems that the intent was clearly lacking somewhere while signing players. Now, with key stars like Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott, Laurent Koscielny and quite a few others out with injuries, things look quite tough for the north London side, as they look to keep winning.
The lack of summer signings has played its part in other ways, including fatigue that has also set into some of the players who look exhausted at times in games and with a host of crucial fixtures coming up, Wenger will surely have to use some of his benched stars.
Some of the key players will be absent for their upcoming fixtures and it will quite interesting how the Gunners line up against their next five opponents in games, which they need to win if they wish to keep their
hopes of silverware alive.
The first game is a clash against Sunderland, who are currently at the 17th spot in the points table and are looking to find some form. The game at the Emirates would generally have just one winner on paper though
games are not won on paper. The fact that the injuries would surely have an impact on the Frenchman’s tactics could have an impact on the result. Also, Arsenal’s failure to win against Tottenham and Norwich would be on the thing that would be a positive thing for the home side’s morale.
The second fixture is a must win game for the Premier League outfit, as they travel to Greece to face Olympiacos in the last game of the group stages of the Champions League. The north London giants have not had the best of times playing in Europe and this could be a crucial fixture to determine their future in the competition. Wenger’s side needs to win by a couple of goals to secure qualification to the round of 16 stages of the competition and the absence of some of their key players will surely have an impact in determining the result.
The third match will be an away fixture at Villa Park against an Aston Villa side, who are currently at the bottom of the points table. The team have been rejuvenated by the arrival of Rémi Garde at the club and it will not be an easy fixture by any stretch of the imagination. The injuries will once again play a part and it will be interesting to see how the fixture shapes up.
The fourth match will be a home game against current league leaders Manchester City, who will be keen on not dropping points away from home. Though the Manchester based side have been inconsistent at times this season, manager Manuel Pellegrini will be keen that side gives nothing away on their travel to the Emirates. Wenger, on the other hand, will hope that some of his players can recover on time for this fixture and can get him all three points on the night.
The fifth match will be against a tough and resilient Southampton side, who have dropped to 10th place currently on the league table. The Saints will be hosting the Gunners at the St. Marys’ and the home support will surely be in their favour. Arsenal have been poor on their travels in recent weeks and will hope that some of their stars can be back for this game, which is to be played just after Christmas.
On the whole, it seems that Arsenal will have to fight really hard if they wish to keep their hopes of silverware alive this season and it will be quite interesting to see how things shape up for them, with some of their key stars sidelined due to various injuries. The fact that Wenger did not look too desperate to add more players will surely bring back the “Wenger-out” chants on a larger scale if things do not as per the