Considering Arsenal’s current form, they will need to make amends quickly in the home game to Middlebrough before embarking on two tough away games – the Champions League group match against Hamburg on the 13th and the 6-pointer vs Manchester United at Old Trafford on the 17th.
At least Boro are themselves in awful form, and their 4-0 drubbing at home to Portsmouth will give Wenger the confidence that his side can improve before taking on Hamburg and United.
Do Arsenal have the squad strength to cope with the dual pressures of Champions League and the Premiership?
Arsenal Champions League Fixtures
Hamburg vs Arsenal – Wednesday, 13 September
Arsenal vs Porto – Tuesday, 26 September
CSKA Moscow vs Arsenal – Tuesday, 17 October
Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow – Wednesday, 1 November
Arsenal vs Hamburg – Tuesday, 21 November
Porto vs Arsenal – Wednesday, 6th December
Arsenal September 2006 Fixtures
Arsenal vs Middlesbrough – Saturday 9th
Hamburg vs Arsenal – Wednesday 13th
Manchester United vs Arsenal – Sunday 17th
Arsenal vs Sheffield United – Saturday 23th
Arsenal vs Porto – Tuesday 26th
Charlton Athletic vs Arsenal – Saturday 30th