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Arsenal's next four games will define their season

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Just two losses, still in all four competitions, looking a decent bet for Champions League qualification, a clearly much-improved side and sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League - it's a very good time to be an Arsenal fan.

However, nine league games is only a quarter of the full story that needs to be completed by Arsene Wenger and his men. What lies ahead will go a long way to telling us whether the Gunners are true title contenders or rocket-speed starters who will eventually plummet back to Earth with a crash landing.

Arsenal have done well so far to claim 22 points from nine games and navigate a tricky Capital One Cup tie with West Bromwich Albion, whilst sweeping aside Napoli in the Champions League.

But the next four fixtures are frightful as November comes upon us; Chelsea, Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho's men have negotiated a rocky patch to look best bets for the Premier League so far - Fernando Torres' late winner against Manchester City will have them galvanised.

Liverpool possess the fearsome duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge - both playing out of their skin at the moment, aided by a clever, unconventional wing-back system.

Dortmund have already beaten Arsenal at the Emirates and will fancy repeating the feat in Germany, whilst you can never rule out the Red Devils. There remains a feeling across the whole of the Premier League that Javier Hernandez's late goal against Stoke could just be the tonic they needed to kick-start their stuttering season.

The true depth of this fantastic midfield will be tested to it's limits in the next two weeks, with Abou Diaby unavailable, Mathieu Flamini doubtful and Mikel Arteta suspended domestically. 

Jack Wilshere should expect to be brought back into the starting team to face Chelsea, whilst giving Ozil a much-deserved break must be seriously considered.

Though far from the abundance of flair that Ozil is, Tomas Rosicky has been in the best form of his Arsenal career over the last six months and should not be considered a liability if he were drafted into the side.

The run of games also represents an opportunity for Thomas Vermaelen to prove his worth to his boss once more, with the option of resting one of either Per Mertesacker or Laurent Koscielny certainly worth thinking about. 

Nacho Monreal should also see some game time, whilst there is no time like the present for Nicklas Bendtner to finally come good and take some of the striking burden from Olivier Giroud's shoulders. 

There is no doubt, however, that the strongest possible squad needs to be played against both Liverpool and Dortmund - which should result in Arteta starting the game in Germany.

Get over those two hurdles, then re-assess for the game against the Red Devils.

The nature of knockout cup football means that only a win will do against Chelsea if Arsenal plan on ending their trophy drought with Capital One Cup success.

But for the other three, it is more important not to lose them, rather than having to win them. If they can get over this obstacle unbeaten, even with three draws, Arsenal will have proven they are a force to be reckoned with for the rest of the season.

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