Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has said the side is looking forward to the difficult run of fixtures that the Gunners are about to face.
Szczesny is quoted in the Evening Standard saying: ‘I love it. I think every player looks forward to big games against big opponents and world-class players.
‘I think every single game in the Premier League is very difficult at the moment. You don’t have any soft teams. It is a difficult run we have got but we are looking forward to it. We look at it as a chance to create an even bigger gap between us and the teams behind us so hopefully we can show people what we are made of.’
Arsenal’s difficult sequence of fixtures runs across all three competitions they are involved in.
The Gunners travel to Anfield on Saturday to take on a Liverpool side that has only dropped five points at home so far this season before hosting current champions Manchester United the following Wednesday. They then host Liverpool in the FA Cup on the Sunday before European Champions Bayern Munich visit for the first leg of their Champions League tie.
In all four of those games Arsenal are set to come up against some high profile attacking talent which will be a test for their strong looking defence this season.
There is no reason why they cannot come through those fixtures, especially on the domestic front in a strong position. Manchester United are struggling this season, whilst Arsenal have already had success against Liverpool in this campaign, and a decent record at Anfield in recent years – a ground they haven’t lost at since 2008 – whilst they can also take confidence from their second leg performance against Bayern Munich last season, and that they gave Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona side a fright on more than one occasion.
There is of course a couple of concerns in terms of personnel. Aaron Ramsey is likely to be out until the second set of difficult fixtures that come in March while Mathieu Flamini is suspended for his sending off against Southampton among the notable absentees - and getting through this period in a strong position will send a pretty strong message to their rivals at the top.
But Arsenal have shown ability to dig deep in their games in recent weeks, and although the challenges ahead of them are different ones, the character and form developed by them in recent weeks should put them in a good place ahead of what is a crucial spell for the club.
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