Arsenal‘s latest performance against arch-rival Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup has reinforced belief in the club after a lean stretch in December when the team suffered losses against Napoli in the Champions League group stages and Manchester City in the Premier League.
The team was also held to two frustrating stalemates by Everton and Chelsea in the league and consequently lost its advantage at the top of the table, although it still managed to cling on to a one-point lead over City heading into round 21 of the league next week.
A slew of key fixtures await the Gunners in February as the team will take on title contenders Liverpool and defending champions Manchester United, before welcoming German giants Bayern Munich for the first leg of the UCL round of 16. Arsene Wenger‘s team will face a stern test at Anfield as the Reds will aim to avenge the defeat at the Emirates earlier this season.
United have been struggling to keep pace with the other big teams in the league, but injury to Robin van Persie and lackluster performances have been undoing David Moyes‘ attempts to keep the club winning. Arsenal need to take advantage of United’s indifferent form and gun for a victory to go into the encounter against Bayern with full confidence.
It was the futile victory at the Allianz Arena last March that propelled Arsenal’s top-four hopes and kept the team going strong throughout the year. A similar performance at home will be expected of the players this February against Pep Guardiola‘s men.
Arsenal need to keep its current momentum going through January to continue instilling confidence that the team can come away unscathed next month, and Wenger’s men have the ingredients needed to achieve the job.