Arsenal held onto their place on top of the Premier League table with a hard-fought 2-0 win over London rivals Crystal Palace on Saturday.
However, with trying fixtures over the next fortnight, it will be a good indicator into just how ready the north London side are to end their eight-year silverware drought.
Although the Gunners did win the north London derby against Tottenham on home soil earlier this term, Arsene Wenger’s men are yet to face a real test domestically.
Over the next ten days however, three quality sides that are in form will test England’s current top team and their resolve to succeed this term.
Firstly, Arsenal take on Chelsea in the Capital One Cup in midweek. Wenger is likely to shake his pack up and rest players, but given the quality in the reserve ranks available to Jose Mourinho, will be reluctant to send an understrength contingent onto the park.
All eyes domestically will be looking to the Emirates Stadium next weekend, as the nation’s current top two meet. Liverpool have ambitions of breaking back into the top four and have shown this season that on their day they can be as dangerous as anyone in the division.
Arsenal have had a poor record against the better sides in the division over the last season or two, and if they are to get back into the title hunt a win here is necessary. Three points would also extend their lead at the summit.
The players will need to focus on the challenge that Liverpool offer, despite a very important game in Europe to play just days after. Borussia Dortmund sucker-punched the Gunners at the Emirates last week, but on home soil the full attacking weaponry of the German giants will be on show at an intimidating Signal Iduna Park.
This clash will be a real test to Arsenal’s defence, and the side need to get a result to avoid a lot of catch-up work to be done in the final two group games.
It is still early in the season and nothing is decided at this stage of the campaign, but the next three games have the ability to have a real impact on Arsenal’s season.
Important wins would go far in progressing the already sky high morale of the players, and put down a marker to the rest of their challengers that they need to be taken seriously this season.
Poor results would bring the side back down to earth and could have a debilitating impact on a club that has fallen at the final hurdle on too many occasions of late. It promises to be a big ten days for the Emirates Stadium outfit.
Following that, games at Old Trafford against Manchester United and at home to in-form Southampton will really test the Gunners' mettle.
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