Unai Emery’s Arsenal have found a good run of form, and now it’s all about continuing that. The Gunners, in terms of personnel, have one of the strongest squads in the Premier League, but years of mixed form have made them an unpredictable team this season.
Emery, in particular, has really flexed his muscles over the last few weeks in an effort to turn Arsenal around, and he’s done a brilliant job.
However, the hard work is only just beginning, and in October, the real tests will arrive. It’s going to be a tough few weeks for Arsenal – and they’ll want to get out the other side unscathed.
But what should Arsenal fans be hoping for from the month of October?
It wasn’t a good start for Arsenal. However, Unai Emery has turned it around. Despite early season losses to both Chelsea and Man City, the Gunners didn’t get downbeat and give up on their boss.
To the contrary, most fans recognised the difficulty of those fixtures, and they were happy to give him a much needed chance.
He’s repaid that faith with a fantastic few weeks, with the Gunners enjoying a pretty solid September, all told.
As always, though, things can get better, and so Arsenal need to ensure that their form continues. One good month is meaningless if it’s followed by two poor ones. Another near 100% record month would be ideal.
Aubameyang Continues To Fire
Pierre-Emerick Aubameynag had a slow start to the season, and that’s problematic for Arsenal. He’s one of their best players, and he’s a key source of goals for the club.
Fortunately, he’s begun scoring, albeit in limited numbers. He and Alexandre Lacazette will be Arsenal’s main men going forward, and it’s important that Aubameyang, in particular, finds his best form.
We all know what he can do from his time in Germany. If he can get close to that record, starting with a handful of goals in October, Arsenal fans should be very excited.
Europa League Success
Despite Arsenal’s recent success, Unai Emery must be realistic – Arsenal still aren’t favourites for a top-four finish.
So, that makes the Europa League arguably the most important competition for the Gunners, given that it could be their most realistic route into the Champions League next season.
Granted, they’ll have to win it, but if Man Utd and Tottenham get back to their best, Arsenal could really struggle to keep up in the Premier League.
Group games continue in October, and maintaining their 100% European record would be a great way of giving them a much-needed boost.