After their first set of difficult fixtures in 2014, how do Arsenal shape up?

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A couple of 'easier' games now await Arsenal, but what position are they in heading into them?

The first difficult spell of Arsenal’s period of fixtures in the second half of the season is over as the Gunners have entered a defining period in their season.

Arsenal faced a fierce quartet of fixtures recently with a visit to Anfield, hosting the reigning Champions, Liverpool in a rematch in the FA Cup and hosting the European Champions Bayern Munich.

Now Arsenal have a couple of fixtures that could be regarded as easier as they look to keep their season motoring going into the next set of daunting looking fixtures.

The hammering at Anfield could have threatened to derail their season completely – which was followed up by a dour draw against Manchester United and their side booed off the field at the Emirates Stadium. 

It seemed like a familiar story of Arsenal being in a pretty good position going into February right in the thick of the title race but it being derailed, Arsene Wenger admitted his side were nervous going into the clash with United, but they came through their FA Cup game – whilst they were always underdogs going into the clash with Bayern Munich.

They’re not in a bad position to have a successful season, only one point off the pace in the title race with 12 games to go, and in the quarter finals of the FA Cup with two big threats to the trophy out – one of them dispatched by the Gunners themselves. Losing at Anfield is not great shame either given that only two sides have come away from Liverpool with something. 

Though some will say it is only one win in those four games, their season hasn’t fallen apart as some will have predicted, though they will perhaps looked at the Manchester United result and think it was a missed opportunity given their predicament this season.

Games at home to Sunderland and away to Stoke City await, and six points from those two games going into a tough March when they face Everton at home in the cup, the second leg against Bayern Munich. Then they face a series of difficult fixtures in the league against Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City.

It could be worse for Arsenal, but the two league games they have coming up are both winnable, and would put them in a strong position going into yet another tricky looking run.

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