Arsene Wenger insists that what has happened in Novembers gone by has no bearing on what we have to face this month, and says his team must keep their momentum going on a game by game basis.
After tonight’s Champions League tie with Ludogorets in Sofia, the Gunners face Sp*rs in a North London derby, followed by Manchester United at Old Trafford, then a probable Champions League group decider against PSG at the Emirates.
It’s a trip of challenging fixtures, and the Arsenal manager believes his players will have the right mindset for what lies ahead.
“We have some very important games in front of us,” he said, “so we need to continue to do what we’ve done until now by just focusing on the next game. We have to try to win tomorrow night and then we have Tottenham at home on Sunday.
“The best way to prepare for that is for us to continue our strong run. It’s important to keep a good balance between vigilance and confidence.”
And on this calendar month being something of a jinx, he continued, “We’ve had in difficult Novembers in previous seasons, but we’ve also had positive ones in our history too.
“The most important thing is to not live with the past, we have to live with the team we have at the moment.
“Our destiny lies in the minds of the players, how strong our focus is and how hungry we are. We need to be like that in every single game, starting [against Ludogorets].”