September and October are emerging as crucial months for the Gunners. In addition to their eagerly awaited return to Champions League action, Arsenal is gearing up to confront their north London rivals, Tottenham, in the upcoming weeks. It doesn’t get much better in October either. Let’s discuss more about the major difficulties that the runner-up in the Premier League last season will have to deal with..
Everton’s new manager, Sean Dyche, had a great first game in charge, leading his team to a 1-0 win over Arsenal at Goodison Park in February. The Toffees’ performance embodied his mantra: “Minimum requirement being maximum effort.” Those three precious points played a significant role in Everton’s survival last season. However, it’s worth noting that a plane flew over the contest with a banner that labeled Everton “the league’s worst-run club,” perhaps hinting at potential long-term issues in the blue half of Merseyside.
Arsenal’s name will be in the Champions League draw for the first time since 2016. The first game for both teams is against PSV, and Arsenal will be looking to win.
Their group-stage opponents include football teams such as PSV, Lens and Sevilla.
Last season was the first time since 2013/14 that Arsenal beat their greatest rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, in both matches. Harry Kane, who scored the most goals in the north London derby’s history, is no longer with Spurs, so Arsenal will be sure they can do it again. But it’s important to remember that Spurs have had a good start to the season so far, even without Kane.
Bournemouth shocked the Gunners by taking the lead in the first ten seconds of their last trip to the Emirates. The Cherries only succumbed to a dramatic 3-2 defeat in the final ten seconds of the match. Andoni Iraola, who has since taken charge of Bournemouth, is well aware of what Mikel Arteta can coax out of his side. Interestingly, he and Arsenal’s coach both came through the same Basque youth team.
Arsenal’s first encounter with the reigning champions comes in early October. The Gunners missed an autumnal clash with Manchester City last season due to fixture rescheduling. As a result, they faced Pep Guardiola’s side when they were at their peak after the turn of the year. Conventional wisdom suggests that the October version of City should be slightly rustier than in later months. However, Arsenal has had a less than smooth start to the new campaign.
In conclusion, Arsenal’s schedule for September and October is packed with challenging fixtures, including encounters with fierce rivals and Champions League action. The Gunners will need to be at their best to navigate this critical period successfully. Football fans worldwide will be eagerly watching how Arsenal performs in these key matches that could shape their season.