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David Ornstein reveals six Premier League fixtures Arsenal are worried about

David Ornstein has revealed what Arsenal sources are saying about fixtures against the top six and relegation-threatened teams this season

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According to The Athletic reporter David Ornstein, Arsenal are focusing on securing victories against ‘smaller’ sides rather than high-profile fixtures against the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Currently leading the Premier League table, albeit having played one more game than Liverpool, Arsenal aim to reclaim the summit with a victory over clubs in the relegation zone. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has set ambitious goals for the club, targeting their first top-flight title since 2004 and progression to the Champions League semi-finals.

Learning from past mistakes, particularly their collapse in the latter stages of the 2022/23 season, Arsenal are keen to rectify errors that cost them the league title. Notably, they dropped crucial points against teams like West Ham United, Southampton, and Nottingham Forest in the previous campaign, along with suffering defeats to eventual champions Manchester City.

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Key statistics highlight Arsenal’s current unbeaten run against the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ teams throughout the 2023/24 season, having secured wins and draws against title contenders like Liverpool and Manchester City.

Despite their focus on top-flight fixtures, Arsenal remain vigilant in matches against smaller clubs. Ornstein noted their recent comfortable victory over relegation-threatened Luton Town, emphasising the club’s resilience in navigating through challenging fixtures.

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Ornstein told the Sky Sports Back Pages podcast: “When I speak to people at Arsenal, they aren’t so concerned about the biggest matches these days, in terms of the Tottenham’s, Chelsea’s, and Manchester United’s. That’s evidenced by the fact that they’ve picked up four points against Manchester City this season and four points against Liverpool. That’s more than either of those teams have in the sort of round-robin against those same opponents. 

“It’s more the smaller matches, the likes of Luton Town on Wednesday, and Brentford previously before the international break. Sheffield United too. Yet, Arsenal are coming through all of them. Sheffield United was rampant, Brentford less so and Wednesday was sort of in-between.”

Looking ahead, Arsenal face a pivotal month, including a Champions League quarter-final clash against Bayern Munich. Their Premier League campaign sees them facing Brighton & Hove Albion, Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and crucial London derbies against Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

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