THE MONTH FOR ‘ONLY THE BRAVE’

When Jose Mourinho was asked about the traditional hectic period, he described it as a month for “only the brave” and Gooner of Steel totally agrees with him. This period would see premier league clubs play as many as 8 league games; injuries, fatigue, loss of form can sway the result to any team.

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It is the hectic festive period that makes the premier league stand out. While other counterparts in other major leagues in Europe are resting and enjoying the holiday, premier league stars are battling it out in the cold. It is no different for our beloved Arsenal as the fixtures would be coming thick and fast.

DECEMBER 4HULL CITY (AWAY)

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Thus should be a routine victory for Arsenal. A home game, a newly promoted side and the team is on top form; but one thing we have learnt about this season is that anybody can beat anybody. The Tigers would draw confidence from their 3-1 impressive victory over Liverpool and would want to imitate a Geovani- led Hull team that silenced the Emirates in 2008 to record one of the biggest upsets in Premier League history. The gooners must not take this with kid gloves.

DECEMBER 8TH EVERTON (HOME)

Another home game but this time against a team of higher pedigree. Roberto Martinez is doing some great work at Everton and his team is playing well. They are one of the 3 sides to remain unbeaten at home this season (Man City and Chelsea) and with Piennar, Osman,BAarry and the younger set if Lukaku, Deulofeu, Coleman the Merseysiders would be no small threat. However, it’s a home game and one which Arsenal should be winning.

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 11- NAPOLI (AWAY)

Massive fixture. It would be the worst wickedness in football if after all the good work the gooners have done in the Champions League, they fail to qualify. Their job is simple, assuming Dortmund beat Marseille, don’t lose to Napoli 3-0. It’s hard to imagine this set of gooners losing 3-0 to any team, but Napoli have everything to play for and would have their home crowd cheering them on. I believe the gooners know what is at stake and I am even tipping them for the win.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 14: MANCHESTER CITY (AWAY)

Another very difficult away game. City have won all their seven home games this season and when you consider that Everton, Manchester United and Tottenham are part of the casualties, it makes you shiver. However, it would be a clash between the team with the best home record and the team with the best way record. The Etihad has not so cruel to the gooners in recent seasons; Koscienly has scored there for two seasons in a row. The fear for me is playing City on Saturday just after a potentially energy sapping game against Napoli on Wednesday night. It could prove difficult and Arsene has to manage his team very well.

MONDAY 23 DECEMBER: CHELSEA (HOME)

8 days of rest for the gooners before this fixture against perennial rivals Chelsea. This would be a very interesting game. The Blues would draw confidence from the fact that they beat the gooners in Capital One cup but they would meet a different Arsenal side. The outcomes of the Napoli and Man City game would go a long way in determining how the gooners would go into this game. However, a victory over Chelsea would be a perfect Christmas gift for Gooner of Steel.

26 DECEMEBER: WEST HAM (AWAY)

Another London derby just 3 days the Chelsea game. Many gooners would remember this game last season because of a Carzola thunderbolt. Sam Allardyce and his men have had an up and down season but still remain a decent team. Aaron Ramsey would turn 23 on that day and it would be a super birthday gift for him to win at Upton Park.

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29 DECEMBER: NEWCASTLE (AWAY)

This was the fixture last season where Arsenal secured Champions League football for this season at the expense of Tottenham. However, Newcastle are a different side, they won 4 games on a row in November; though it is hard to predict their form going into this game but I am sure that Alan Pardew and his men would give the gooners a strong fight at St James Park or the Sports Direct Arena or whatever it is called.

Seven games in 25 days is no small challenge. At this stage of the season, what really counts is the 3 points and I ensure Arsene and his comrades to ensure that. The big question is: are the gooners brave? From what we have seen thus far, I would say yes, they have the mentality and teamwork characteristic of great teams. I believe in the determination and goal-getting attitude of this set of gooners #COYG

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