3 reasons why Arsenal will not falter post-international break

  • Arsenal are top of the Premier League on goal difference
  • The Gunners often fall away in the final weeks/months of the campaign
  • Plenty of reasons to think this year might be different

Arsenal FC v FC Porto: Round of 16 Second Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24
Arsenal FC v FC Porto: Round of 16 Second Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24 / Marc Atkins/GettyImages
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3. Bitter experiences will stand to us

Erling Haaland
Manchester City v Arsenal FC - Premier League / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

No one is getting carried away this time around.

After being surprise leaders for so much of last season, it was perhaps understandable (yet still so infuriating) that an inexperienced Arsenal would fall apart once the first cracks appeared.

Of course, the lack of an eight-point advantage probably helps to keep us in check now, but the team will no doubt be mindful of their late collapse and could use that table-topping familiarity to stay calm and push on this season - just like they did following the 2022 UCL disappointment.

The fear of unchartered waters has already surfaced this term, as the Gunners barely did enough to knock FC Porto out of Europe. However, our domestic form indicates that once we get a taste for the high life, we learn from it and gain a better understanding of how to cope with the crunch next time- something which bodes well for both our upcoming UCL knockout tie and domestic fixtures.

This savviness also applies to Arteta himself, whose greater willingness to rotate, newfound pragmatism and recent international decisions suggest he is likewise cleverer in managing our present title bid.

A whirlwind 2022/23 campaign means Arsenal are no longer the new kids on the Premier League block and I am convinced that, rather than fall away again, this team is now ready to go one step further.