With just 12 Premier League games remaining this season, it’s crunch time.
Arsenal are two points off the top after beating Leicester City in dramatic fashion in the last round of Premier League fixtures, but it’s only about to get tougher. The next week will see the Gunners face Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur away from home, with a home match against Swansea City in between.
Three games in seven days will always be a big ask, and these particular matches could hardly be bigger. It could be make or break.
“It is the key period, we work the whole season for this period and that’s where you’re really tested,” Arsène Wenger said when he faced the media on Friday morning.
“That’s where you haven opportunity as well to show your quality. That’s why I agree with you, it’s the most interesting period of the season and the period of the season you can show quality and nerves and desire as well.”
All three of those things will be expected of the Gunners, particularly in two huge away games, as our title rivals arguably have slightly simpler schedules. The picture after the match at White Hart Lane could be a lot clearer, so we need to still be in it.
The title race has been completely unpredictable up until now, and we have the chance to turn the pressure on the other if we can just consistently string good results together. We’ve worked hard to still be in it, now let’s make sure we don’t fall away when it really matters.