Arsenal face some huge matches over the next eight weeks which will define their season.
Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has given his view on how Arsenal should go about their horror fixture list this month.
His pearls of wisdom? Ignore them.
Arsenal’s matches over the next two months have been well publicised with two games against Liverpool this month, Manchester United going to the Emirates and the first leg of the Champions League game against Bayern Munich before the second leg in March and games against Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City.
That fixture list has created plenty of theories over how Wenger should best approach the coming weeks but Keown suggests it may not be a bad idea to take one eye off of the games.
“Arsenal can't afford to look at the fixture list. It looks like an incredible succession. If they get all the necessary results then they deserve to win it,” he said in a Q&A session for the Daily Mail.
“I don't think I've seen a catalogue of fixtures involving so many of the big teams. Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Manchester United, in March we're playing local rivals away, Chelsea to play, Manchester City to play. I don't think it gets more difficult than that.”
There is logic and theory in his methods because the easiest way for Arsenal to approach winning these massive fixtures is to go one step at a time.
If Wenger put focus on the games against Bayern Munich right now, the attention would shift from important domestic games and that would leave the Gunners at a disadvantage against some very good teams.
Taking attention off of the fixture list will also help to ease the pressure a little bit over the squad.
There are some very experienced players in the Arsenal first team but there are also some younger guys who could feel a bit daunted, trying to take in a lot of information about massive sides all at the same time.
The next two months will make or break Arsenal’s season and Keown’s advice may be the policy Arsene Wenger has been planning to adopt for weeks.
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