Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has challenged his team to keep focused during their nightmare run of matches inside 12 days next month, in which they will face Liverpool twice, Manchester United and Bayern Munich, following Sunday's FA Cup fifth round draw.
The Gunners were given a home draw with Liverpool for the last 16 of the competition after they defeated Coventry City 4-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Friday night.
The FA Cup tie will be placed in the middle of the run, which starts at Anfield in the league on 8 February.
"It's an interesting [FA Cup] draw and a difficult one," Wenger told arsenal.com. "We have a little advantage by playing at home. That means we don't travel but overall it is of course difficult and we'll try again to absorb it and to come ouergt in a positive way.
"We have plenty of big games, that means the whole squad will need to be highly focused. To deal with that is a massive challenge for the squad but I'm confident we can do that."
Wenger added: "What is important is that you don't lose players from now until this period, that you have all the players available. That is very important but you can never be sure about that.
"For the rest you just go game by game, focus on the next one and if you win the next one you have more chances to win the one after. So the two together - keep your squad available and win the next game - that's our policy."
Arsenal’s nightmare fixture run:
8 February: Liverpool (away), Premier League
12 February: Manchester United (home), Premier League
15-16 February: Liverpool (home), FA Cup
19 February: Bayern Munich (home), Champions League
22 February: Sunderland (home), Premier League
1 March: Stoke City (away), Premier League
8 March: Swansea City (home), Premier League
11 March: Bayern Munich (away), Champions League
15 March: Tottenham Hotspur (away), Premier League
22 March: Chelsea (away), Premier League
29 March: Manchester City (home), Premier League
5 April: Everton (away), Premier League
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Arsenal - January transfer targets
Arsenal - January transfer targets
Julian Draxler -
Another player who Arsenal don't have a desperate need for but have constantly been linked with. There is certainly no denying the quality of the German youngster but a January move seems unlikely as Arsenal need to strengthen elsewhere.
Karim Benzema -
Wenger is a long time admirer of Real Madrid's French striker, although he would not be a cheap option. He is also a player it seems unlikely that the Spanish giants would happily part with. Then again you might have thought the same thing about Mesut Ozil.
Andrea Ranocchia -
Out of favour at the San Siro, Arsenal would probably face stiff competition from Man United and Chelsea if they moved for the highly-rated Italian defender.
Konstantinos Mitroglou -
The Olympiakos forward is in red hot form and could well provide reasonably priced support for Olivier Giroud. Currently playing alongside Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell which could count in Wenger's favour.
Hakan Calhanoglu -
Arsenal couldn't buy another attacking midfielder could they? Well rumour has it they are very keen on Hamburg's Turkish star Calhanoglu.
Winston Reid -
While a West Ham defender from New Zealand might sound an unlikely target for Arsenal, their defence is a serious injury away from looking a little threadbare and Reid could provide value-for-money cover at the back.
Xabi Alonso -
While the free transfer of Mathieu Flamini has helped, Arsenal still look a little lightweight in the centre of the park. The cultured Alonso would certainly improve things.
Ilkay Gundogan -
Another luxury purchase for the Gunners and with interest from other Premier League clubs and Arsenal's more pressing needs in other areas of the pitch, it seems an unlikely move.
Antonio Sanabria -
Arsenal are rumoured to already have a deal in place bringing the Paraguayan starlet to the club from Barcelona. If so then they have secured themselves a fantastic player.
Javier Hernandez -
With Hernandez seemingly growing increasingly frustrated with a lack of first team opportunities at Man United, Arsenal could pounce for the proven Premier League goalscorer. It does however seem unlikely that Moyes would sell to a rival.
Kurt Zouma -
Wanted by London rivals Chelsea as well, Zouma is a highly-rated young defender who could provide some much needed cover. Can Wenger get the better of Mourinho in the transfer market this time?
Youssouf Mulumbu -
An experienced Premier League player who would add a bit of oomph to Arsenal's midfield. The surprising recent sacking of West Brom manager Steve Clarke might also encourage Mulumbu.
Cheikhou Kouyate -
Wenger has tried to sign the imposing defender in two separate transfer windows but with Anderlecht now ready to sell, this January could be a case of third time lucky.
Ciprian Marica -
Another forward linked with a switch to the Emirates, the Romanian could provide a cheaper alternative to some of the bigger names Arsenal are rumoured to be pursuing.
Alvaro Morata -
The young Real Madrid forward has been linked with a January loan move although he has stated a desire to stay in the Spanish capital.
Alexandre Pato -
Linked with Arsenal once again, the Brazilian would be a surprise choice given his relatively modest recent performances since returning to play in his homeland.
Edin Dzeko -
Despite scoring fairly consistently in his time at the club, there is a feeling that Dzeko somehow doesn't quite fit and he struggles to hold down a first team place as a consequence. A move to Arsenal would surely give him more playing time but it seems unlikely City would sell to a rival.
Dimitar Berbatov -
The former Manchester United striker is reportedly keen to move on from Fulham. Appears a decent short term solution for the Gunners
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