Arsene Wenger and the curious case of the curse of November

Nasty old November has never been too kind to the Gunners under our esteemed leader’s reign and this morning’s Mirror claims the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is desperate to break the curse.
It claims the Frenchman has claimed that this month will be decisive in determining whether Arsenal can maintain their challenge for the Premier League title and, in particular, avoid injuries which have hurt them badly in the past.
Wenger added: “Traditionally, November has not been a good month for us. But I explain that by the fact we had more injuries. It is the first period when they kick in.
“It depends on the fixtures too – you can have two or three difficult games in November. You have decisive games in the Champions League and the players go on international duty.
“Now we have that break and all the players fly away so let’s hope they all fly back in good shape. After that we go to Sunderland and that is always a difficult place to go.”
Sunderland, Standard Liege and Chelsea to go, AW.
The Daily Mail carries a story featuring quotes from Eduardo detailing what he thinks the rip-roaring Reds – unbeaten now in 13 games through all competitions – can achieve this season.
‘At the moment we are improving a lot and feel stronger mentally – the atmosphere inside the squad is good, we are very together,’ Eduardo said.
‘We are doing very well at the moment and I hope we can produce a big surprise this year.
‘I am feeling good. At the beginning of the season I had a few injury niggles, but I am okay now and ready to help the team rise to the top of the table, as well as progressing in the Champions League.’
Elsewhere on a day that coverage of the Arsenal is thin on the ground, Kieran Gibbs has told the Sun about his hopes for a place in the England sqaud any time soon.
He said: “It’s in my mind somewhere, but we’ve a long season ahead yet.
“Hopefully if I can get some more good games under my belt this season then there might be a chance.
“But at the moment I’m just concentrating on the club and what we can do to win trophies. I’m still looking to take my chance when I get it, and I’m happy enough with the way things are going.
“At the moment I don’t really deserve to get a World Cup call because I have nowhere near the experience that a lot of the players do and I’ve a great deal to prove yet.
“I’ve played a few games for Arsenal but still have a lot of work to do to earn a place. I don’t want to be called up because of someone else’s disappointment, I want to be selected because I deserve it.”
And finally, I haven’t seen this TV mock-up before and forgive me if it is old news,m but I found it here at the Guardian along with seven other worth a gander.
Up the Gunners!

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