Nightmare February for Arsenal, but can they get through it unbeaten?
Not only have Arsenal started 2014 unbeaten, they have won all five fixtures in January thus far, with Southampton still to come at St Mary’s in the next round of Premier League fixtures.
However, it is their fixture list in February that is widely anticipated to have the biggest bearing on Arsenal’s chances of silverware this season, with monster games beckoning in the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.
Arsenal are due to play six games across February and Coral are offering odds of 6/1 that the Gunners make it through the month unbeaten, with 5/4 the price that Arsene Wenger secures a major trophy this season.
February starts and ends with fixtures Arsenal would be chiefly expected to win, with Crystal Palace and Sunderland both set to visit the Emirates in the Premier League.
Palace have lost 12 of their 14 Premier League away outings this season, but they are unlikely to be any pushovers based on recent form.
They have won two of their last five away in all competitions and held Manchester City for a long time in their recent visit to the Etihad, while they were arguably slightly unlikely not to take at least a point from Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, Sunderland may be another team at the wrong end of the Premier League standings, but they have won four of their last six in all competitions and taken three points from their only away game with top-eight opposition this season, when handing Everton just one of their only two league defeats.
But it is in the middle of February where Arsenal have what have to be considered as their tougher assignments.
First up is Liverpool at Anfield, where the Gunners have won on each of their last two visits and have not been beaten in the Premier League since the 2006/07 campaign.
Then comes a home game with Manchester United, where Arsenal will have revenge on their mind for a defeat at Old Trafford earlier in the season.
Man Utd have also already lost at Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool in the top-flight.
Liverpool then await again in the FA Cup fifth round, with Brendan Rodgers suffering in a similar manner to Man Utd on the road, with defeats to all of the clubs above them in the league.
Then a fourth big game in 11 days comes in the Champions League, when defending champions Bayern Munich visit the Emirates. Bayern are odds-on at 4/5 to win away to Arsenal.
Bayern have won their last seven away days in the Champions League, which includes victories at Arsenal and Manchester City in this period. Meanwhile, Arsenal have lost three on the bounce at home to German opposition.