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Arsenal’s worst month is November

Arsenal players during a recent Premier league match. PHOTO?AFP.
Arsenal players during a recent Premier league match. PHOTO?AFP.

LONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 1 – The next 30 days could prove to be crucial in Arsenal’s 2016/17 season but the Gunners’ record in November is traditionally worse than in any other month.

Under Arsene Wenger in the Premier League, Arsenal have won an average of just 1.59 points per game in November since the Frenchman took charge in 1996.

They have won just 36 league games in that month – fewer than half of the 78 fixtures they have played.

In contrast, Arsenal, under Wenger, average 2.18 points per game in March, while the past two months, September (2.14) and October (2.15) are the next most successful periods for the club.

The north London side will need to buck that trend if they are to maintain their Premier League title push, with key fixtures against Tottenham and Manchester United coming up either side of the international break before they face Bournemouth at the Emirates.

Arsenal also have decisive Champions League group stage games with Ludogorets and Paris Saint-Germain to contend with, as well as an EFL Cup tie against Southampton on November 30.

After a slow start to the season in August, Arsenal have bettered their average points hauls in September and October. Wenger will hope they can do the same in November.