Having scored a whopping 19 goals in their last 5 games in all competitions, Mikel Arteta’s side have found their mojo at a key time across the busy festive period.
Scoring both four against Leeds and putting five past Norwich more recently, the Gunners are well positioned in fourth place after 19 games.
But with many more twist and turns yet to come, it is key that Arsenal do not ‘take their foot off the gas’ so to speak.
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Having collected 35 points, both Tottenham and Manchester United have had respective Covid lay-offs and do have games in hand still to play.
With the obvious aim for Mikel Arteta finishing in those all important European qualification places, the next six matches for the Gunners could play a deciding factor in that same very quest.
Manchester City at the Emirates
Having not beaten the Blues in a home league game since 2015, a tough test is to come for Mikel Arteta’s side as they entertain the current league leaders on New Year’s Day.
The Gunners lost 3 times in total to Pep Guardiola’s side in the 20/21 season, including a 4-1 Carabao Cup defeat in December 2020.
City will be hoping to extend their gap at the top when they make the trip to North London.
Liverpool at the Emirates
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are the next test for the Gunners, in the first leg of this season’s Carabao Cup semi-final.
With only four teams left in this year’s competition, a chance at some early silverware should not be sniffed at for Arsenal given they are only two games away from the final at Wembley Stadium.
Liverpool haven’t however lost at the Emirates since July 2020, when goals from both Alexandre Lacazette and Reiss Nelson helped Arsenal to a 2-1 win.
Nottingham Forest at the City Ground
Just three days later, Mikel Arteta’s side travel to Nottingham Forest in the 3rd Round of this season’s FA Cup.
Forest are current 9th in the Championship and will pose a real threat to the Gunners as they look to cause a cup upset in the 17:10 kick-off.
The last time the two sides did meet in the FA Cup, it was the home side who caused a shock, as they knocked Arsenal out at the competition at the third round in a 4-2 defeat for then manager Arsene Wenger.
Liverpool at Anfield
Following FA Cup action, all attention turns to the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final with Liverpool.
Whether or not Mikel Arteta will choose to rotate his squad here will depend on circumstances leading up to the game presumably, with the Gunners playing 4 games in just 13 days time.
Anfield has proved a difficult test in recent years, with Arsenal not winning on Merseyside since April 2015.
Tottenham at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
With vital fixtures piling up, 3 days later it’s the North London Derby, the first of the Antonio Conte era.
In what will no doubt be a fiery encounter, Arsenal will have to be at their best in order to take the spoils on Spurs’ home soil.
The Lilywhites will also be out for revenge following their 3-1 defeat earlier in the season thanks to goals from Emile Smith-Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka.
Burnley at the Emirates
And in what will be Arsenal’s final January fixture before an almost full 3 week lay off until early February, Burnley travel to the capital on January 22.
The Clarets are facing a testing season thus far having just won once in 15 Premier League outings.
The Gunners will hope to end the month still in the hunt for the top four and for three valuable points against Sean Dyche’s side.
Here’s how those fixtures compare to their European rivals:
West Ham’s next six fixtures
Crystal Palace (A) – Premier League
Leeds United (H) – FA Cup
Leeds United (H) – Premier League
Manchester United (A) – Premier League
Watford (H) – Premier League
Leicester City (A) – Premier League