The Premier League fixtures have been released and the Gunners now know who they will be facing after those Thursday night Europa League fixtures next season.
It’s going to be strange watching the Arsenal on a Thursday next season. After missing out on Champions League qualification for the first time in two decades, the Gunners will have to be content with Europa League football next term.
Many teams have struggled with the Thursday/Sunday schedule and now that the fixtures for next season have been released, the Gunners know who they will be facing.
Unfortunately, it’s not good news for Arsenal who will definitely need a strong and deep squad to contend with the fixture pile up.
The Gunners’ first match in the Europa League will take place on Thursday 14 September with an away match to champions Chelsea scheduled for the following weekend.
After the Blues, the Gunners face some equally tough tests as they recover from what could well be an arduous European campaign. The six post-Europea League group stage Premier League fixtures are as follows:
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It remains to be seen how the Gunners will cope with this pile-up. Four of the six matches are being played away which will only make things worse for Arsene Wenger’s men. Hopefully, the Frenchman will bear this in mind as he selects his European team and realises that the Premier League has to be the priority.