Analysis: Stats reveal that November is the Bogey month Arsenal have to defeat

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It’s been another season for the Arsenal fans with rejoice in the early stages of the season after a opening day horror show. The team is doing extremely well after remaining 14 matches unbeaten in all competitions and playing beautiful football. They are currently second in the Premier League table just by goal difference, also qualified for the Quarter Finals of the EFL Cup and in a good position in the Champions League, so things are looking rosy now.

But Arsene Wenger can’t get complacent as November is coming. November is the bogey month for the Gunners and they know that pretty well. In the past seasons, the Arsenal chariot has slumped in this month which has significantly halted their chase for the title.

Even the stats speak so. Arsenal have endured the most defeats in the month of November. The penultimate month of the year just gives them 1.60 points per game, worst of all. Their struggle to perform well in this month has been a hindrance for them in the past seasons and the team must be well aware of that.

The French coach knows that and he absolutely wants to keep the focus on doing the necessities in this season.

“We now have difficult games coming up, with a difficult November, so by the end of November we will know more about ourselves,” Wenger said.

“The desire is there and the mentality is great, though. There is great togetherness, we have quality as well, so they are good ingredients.”

Like other seasons, this November also awaits with some tough ties for the Gunners. The month starts with a tricky away game in Bulgaria against Ludogorets, Arsenal will have to get all the 3 points to keep the race on against PSG for the quest of top spot in their group. Then they host their bitter rivals Tottenham in the league, it will be another intriguing game and another important one for the Gunners, Arsenal haven’t beaten their North London rivals at the Emirates for two seasons now and they would love to change that.

After the International break Arsene’s men travel to Manchester to face old foes Manchester United. The reunion of ‘good friends’ Mourinho and Wenger will be another match of high intensity. Then Arsenal host PSG in the UCL which will be a pivotal tie for both the teams, more for Arsenal as they would love to avoid big guns in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Arsenal finish off the month with two consecutive league games at home, against Bournemouth and Southampton respectively.

The month of November is always challenging for the Gunners and this season it will be no different. The mental steel and the physical challenge will be under a stiff test for Arsenal players and the Professor will be hoping for a better outing this time around.

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