By now you already know that we’re going to be kicking off next season’s Premier League campaign with a home game against Leicester, while there are two tricky away trips to Stoke and Liverpool to close out August.
Let’s dig a little deeper into what we’ve got lined up for us for 2017-18 though.
North London derbies
The first one of the season takes place at the Emirates on November 18th, while we’re away at
White Hart Lane Wembley on February 10th.
The rest of the ‘Big 6’
As mentioned above we travel to Anfield on August 26th, and host Liverpool on December 23rd. Chelsea away comes on September 16th, before a new year’s day showdown with the champions at the Emirates.
We go to Man City on November 4th, and Pep Guardiola’s side will visit London on February 24th. As for Man Utd, we face them at home on December 2nd, and go to Old Trafford on April 28th.
The Europa League means a lot of Thursday/Sunday football, and it’s something new for us to contend with. It’s also compounded by the fact that of the six group stage games, we’re away from home in five of following Premier League fixtures.
Those are: Chelsea, Everton, Manchester City, Burnley, and Southampton. The second game in the group stage comes before the home fixture against Brighton on September 30th, which is the only home game we have after a European tie.
It means that Arsene Wenger is really going to have to use his squad well, and we’re likely to see significant rotation between Europa and Premier League games.
2000 – The last time Arsenal faced Leicester on opening day, they reached the UEFA Cup final the following May. Prediction. pic.twitter.com/vnnxxToXpR
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 14, 2017
November and December
November has traditionally been a difficult month for Arsenal, and with games against Man City and Sp*rs we’ll be tested again – although Burnley and Huddersfield look reasonable fixtures.
There are seven league games in December, starting with United at home and finishing with West Brom away.
The final day
Already it’s a fixture being dubbed the Herbert Chapman Derby. The legendary, innovative Arsenal manager joined from Huddersfield in 1925, and after a 46 year absence from the top flight The Terriers are back.
Remember, that these fixture dates and times are provisional. They have yet to be subjected to discussion by Sky Sports and BT Sports for the broadcast schedule.
Important: Do not book any travel or accommodation yet because they will be changing.