Arsenal have already surprised many by still sitting at the top of the Premier League at the end of January but now face the biggest of tests as they play fellow title rivals Liverpool twice, Bayern Munich twice and Manchester United, no small test and a crucial run of fixtures.
Fans would have been disgruntled at the fact that Arsene Wenger did not bolster his squad except with the signing of Kim Kallstrom who is out injured. The squad has already loss star player Aaron Ramsey to an injury setback while Theo Walcott was ruled out for the season early in January.
The game against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday will be the first major test for the Gunners this year as they face an in-form team that carry possibly the best strike partnership in the Premier League in Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez. Arsenal will need to look for three points without picking up any knocks.
Manchester United are a side that is still adapting to life without Sir Alex Ferguson and with that the results have been very erratic. While it could be said an easy three-point pickup against a team that lost at Stoke last week, the Red Devils stunned Arsenal back at Old Trafford earlier in the season with a champion's performance and could be due another.
The FA Cup tie against Liverpool - while not considered the biggest of games among the fans -it is another route for Arsenal to end their trophy drought.
Arsenal then face Bayern Munich twice with games against Stoke, Swansea and Sunderland sandwiched in between and little time to rest key players. Wenger will be relying on the fitness of Olivier Giroud to continue to spearhead Arsenal's attack single-handedly with his holdup play being crucial to the Gunners.
Fans will also be hoping that Mezut Ozil steps up his game to the level that it was at the start of the season to bring a much needed boost to the club.
The next month for Arsenal will give a clear indication if they can still keep up with the squads of Manchester City and Chelsea.
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