Here we are, the dreaded November we fear every season.
Surely this November will be better! Right? Sigh. Let’s see…
After an okay October – if we forget Troy Deeney – November starts with a (hopefully) chilled Europa League night at home to Red Star Belgrade.
The away leg of this fixture wasn’t as easy as expected but, with our recent form at home with 13 straight wins, I am not worried one bit. Maybe Giroud can be his own competition for next year’s Puskas award and score another ridiculous goal.
But, just as we inevitably start thinking we are actually good at football and can do something this season, we head to the Etihad to face Pep’s City who are not holding back this season.
I usually think we can handle City and know how to play against them (crazy, huh!) but this time they are just too on-point while we are not. Of course, it’s always a possibility that will change, but we’re the Arsenal. I can’t see us getting anything here, sorry lads.
After the last international break of the year, nicely timed so crucial players can come back tired and/or injured, we face Spurs.
It’s Spurs in “their best season ever” and with “Pochettino the new Ferguson”. Yes, sure, they look good and play nice football but they are f*cking Spurs.
A win is a must, I won’t take anything less. We can do it.
The last week of the month brings us three matches because why not? Luckily, our opponents don’t look so tough.
First we’re off to Cologne to face Podolski FC who were tricky at the Emirates but anything other than a win away would be bad.
Then we have two fairly winnable matches in the league, Burnley away and Huddersfield Town at home.
It’s frustrating that I can’t say “we will win these 100%” because, I mean, as I mentioned, we are Arsenal, but I’m very optimistic. We are much better than these teams and six points should be a must. Especially if you look ahead and realise we have Mourinho at the beginning of December.
For this month’s legend, @GunnerBallZ and I chose Sylvain Wiltord, our #11 from the Invincibles season, and the iconic shot of him spraying the lads with champagne. Hope you like it!