Tricky December Ahead
Most people say December is the toughest month for Premier League teams. There are always many games to play, especially for the clubs with European fixtures too. This season Arsenal have tricky fixtures in December which includes a trip to Old Trafford, and a home game against Chelsea. With the title race still open (according to Arsene Wenger, 10 teams still in contention), the Gunners have a decisive December to play out. I look at two of Arsenal’s key players for the month ahead.
1. Robin Van Persie is back in action following another long injury spell. He is still yet to get his first start but we’re hoping he’ll be in full fitness soon. Van Persie is probably still Arsenal’s best forward and his goal trail will be vital to our title hopes. It’ll be interesting to see how he fits into the team now after the arrival of Marouane Chamakh (who has been in splendid form so far scoring 6 premier league goals). Will Arsene Wenger be willing to change the current formation and play both of them up front?
2. Laurent Koscielny has probably been a pleasant surprise for all Arsenal fans. Relatively unknown in England before his inclusion in the Arsenal squad, Koscielny has made quite an impact so far. Also, Thomas Vermaelen’s prolonged injury elevates his responsibility in the Arsenal rearguard. Conceding 3 goals in each of the home games against Tottenham and West Brom show there is still a lot of work to do in defence. If Arsenal are to pose a serious threat for the title, Laurent Koscielny’s performances are integral to our results in December.