‘Ar­se­nal must put Nov strug­gles to bed’

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NOVEM­BER has not been the kind­est month for Ar­se­nal in re­cent sea­sons and while their sched­ule over the next four weeks of­fers plenty of op­por­tu­nity to slip up again man­ager Arsene Wenger is de­ter­mined to keep his play­ers fo­cused on the present.

Ar­se­nal have taken an av­er­age of 1.59 points per Novem­ber Premier League match dur­ing Wenger's 20-year ten­ure at the club, the worst of any month, ac­cord­ing to Bri­tish me­dia.

Ar­se­nal trail lead­ers Manch­ester City only on goal dif­fer­ence but face test­ing fix­tures against Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur and Manch­ester United in the league this month.

“We had some dif­fi­cult Novem­bers but also pos­i­tive ones. The most im­por­tant thing is not to live in the past,” Wenger said.

“You have to live with the team you have at the mo­ment. Our des­tiny lies in the mind of the play­ers: how strongly they are fo­cused, how hun­gry they are in ev­ery sin­gle game.

“We have very im­por­tant games in front of us. The best way for us is to try and win and con­tinue this strong run. We have to keep a good bal­ance be­tween vig­i­lance and con­fi­dence."

Ar­se­nal are on a 14-game un­beaten streak in all com­pe­ti­tions, win­ning 11 of those matches, and faced Bul­gar­ian side Lu­do­gorets in the Cham­pi­ons League last night. — Reuters

Arsene Wenger

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