A football-free summer doesn’t offer too much fun before the transfer window opens. It’s no wonder that football fans anxiously waited for Premier League fixtures to be released.
An official site of English Premier League gives you a full fixture list.
Arsenal will start a new campaign at Emirates against Aston Villa. The first North London Derby will take place on August 31st at the Emirates while the reverse fixture is scheduled for March 15th at White Hart Lane.
A brief look at our fixtures suggests that we should start in an impressive fashion. “Why do you say that if we don’t know how our team will look in the first place?”, I can hear you asking. Well, if we swap Crystal Palace with any of three teams that were relegated last season, that will mean in the first nine matches of the season we are playing fixtures that we won in 2012-13!
There are going to be some tough fixtures, though, with back-to-back matches against strong rivals. Just like this season, our visit to Etihad in December will be followed by a home match against Mourinho’s Chelsea while in February we will play against Manchester United at home and Liverpool away in the space of four days. However, the most important part of the season might be the second part of March as we have an away match against Spuds, home against City and away against the Chavs.
Our final match of the season (if we don’t reach the Champions’ League Final, that is) is going to be a visit to Carrow Road.
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Given how busy our season is going to be (we will have two more matches in Europe in the Champions’ League play-offs) and that we now know what kind of schedule we’ll have, it is even more important that we add two or three quality players in order to compete with our rivals. We had a relatively injury-free season (apart from Diaby, Rosicky and, to the lesser extent, Wilshere) with all our important players playing or being available for at least 30 games in the Premiership. We should be prepared for an injury crisis that used to spoil our campaigns in the past.