A month can make a hell of a lot of difference in a football’s team’s fortunes. Arsenal are one of those teams that tend to go on streaky runs of form. The majority of recent reasons those runs of form have been enough to give the Gunners top-four finishes.
However, a late surge last season towards the top four spots was not quite enough to secure a Champions League spot for this season. Arsenal head into the international break on a positive note after Sunday’s comfortable 2-0 win over Brighton at the Emirates Stadium.
Far more positive mood around the club
Obviously, a mood around a club is created by results, whether be positive or negative. Arsenal’s results have been positive in recent weeks. The Gunners have now won six of their last seven games in all competitions while keeping seven clean sheets in the process.
At the other end of the pitch, the Gunners have also been firing, scoring at least two goals in five of their last seven games in all competitions.
No doubt, Arsene Wenger’s side have not endured the hardest of fixtures of late, with the trip to Chelsea of course, but they can only beat the team that is in front of them and they have been doing that of late.
Just outside the top-four
The recent run of good results leaves Wenger’s side only outside the top-four of the Premier League courtesy of inferior goal difference to champions Chelsea.
Arsenal’s recent improvement in form has done little to persuade the bookmakers that they are likely to finish in the top-four this season, as the north London side are odds of 11/8 to claim a Champions League spot this season.
Not title-challengers but improving
You would have to be naïve to claim that Arsenal are genuine title challengers this season. The Gunners are on a good run of form and everybody at the club seems more content with their lot. Jack Wilshere is even getting the odd game here and there.
The international break has maybe come at a bad time for Wenger’s side. A number of the Gunners key players will be off travelling the globe playing for their national teams. It is a nervous time for fans and bosses of club teams.
I hope that when play resumes after the international break the Gunners can continue their good form and enhance their chances of a return to the top-four this season.
Has the international break come at a bad time for Arsenal?