Arsenal had a tough month as several key players got injured, but manager Arsene Wenger has a good feeling moving forward.
Wenger has seen a slew of players go down with injuries, including key players like Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Francis Coquelin. But the Frenchman is confident that the team can make a push for the top of the table as they start off December by taking on Sunderland at home on Saturday.
“Yes [I’m glad November is over] because in the last couple of weeks we lost Francis, Alexis and Santi – basically three players in two games,” Wenger told Arsenal.com. “That is of course too much, but hopefully we now have Theo not too far away, and Koscielny coming back too.
“I believe first of all it’s always a disappointment to lose the players at an important moment of the season. But on the other hand, it’s a great challenge to take for the team and a great opportunity to show that we are ready for a fight and we can deal with it.
“We prepared ourselves to go through periods like that, and I’m convinced the players are ready.”
The Gunners only got one point out of their last two Premier League matches, but they are still only two points behind leaders Manchester City.
“We have gone through a little bit of a bad spell in recent games, but we are two points off the top,” Wenger said.
“The great opportunity for us is that, despite that bad spell, we are very close. That’s why it’s important that we keep our confidence high and our determination high, and start winning again. We want the crowd to be behind the team and help us to do it.”