The Premier League fixture list for 2018/19 has been officially released, and that means one thing: it’s time to get excited. The Premier League is considered by many to be the premier form of football entertainment throughout the domestic game, and in truth, it’s kind of difficult to argue with that thought process.
Of course, one of the primary reasons we believe that is because of Arsenal, despite how much they’ve let us down over the course of the last few months. The Gunners will be returning to Premier League action in August, which in itself is a pretty exciting prospect. After reading through every single fixture on the list we’ve decided to pick out some of the most important dates, so that you can remember to skip your own wedding in order to get to Sheffield United away. We’re only partly joking.
Unai Emery still has a few months to get his players in shape ahead of what is bound to be a long and gruelling campaign, but at least now he knows what he (and the rest of the team) is building towards.
Opening Day – Newcastle (A), 11th August
It’s not the easiest of games, but it’ll certainly be a fun one for Gunners fans to contend with. Newcastle are in an odd place right now, because nobody really knows if this proposed takeover deal is going to go through. For Arsenal’s sake we should probably hope it doesn’t, but either way, they should be starting off the season with three points.
First Home Game – Burnley, 17th August
Put this down as a guaranteed three points because if you can’t beat Burnley in the first home game of a new season, you seriously need to re-evaluate. The Clarets are plucky, but if we’re being honest with ourselves, being plucky shouldn’t be enough to get you over the finish line against a team like Arsenal.
Tottenham Home – 31st August
This is going to be quite the baptism of fire for the Gunners, because we all know that Spurs are going to be brimming with confidence after reaching the Champions League final. The fact that it’s at home bodes well for Arsenal, because this game should be seen as a cup final and nothing less. It’s going to be fascinating to see how they match up with one another, especially after a summer transfer window that is sure to be full of twists and turns.
To be continued…