The first six Premier-League games look tough, especially with those against Manchester City and Chelsea sandwiched by the Champions League games, but they are in the same situation. Away games at the Britania Stadium are always difficult. However, with the two major summer signings joining the rest of the squad from the beginning of the pre-season, they should have enough time to settle in and we should be able to avoid the repeat of the last season's disastrous start. For that reason, we have to sort out the RVP situation quickly. If he leaves (we think Arsenal should sell him for the right price), we have to re-invest the proceeds from his sale into a new player or two and give the team time to gel together. If we had had those deadline signings from the beginning of the pre-season, we could have challenged for the title last season.
Over the period from January to early February, when we usually suffer a drop in form, we will have the almost identical run of games as at the beginning of the season, only in a different order. If we are fighting on the all four fronts, January could prove to be a very hectic month. The whole squad needs to stay fit and sharp over this period.
The last match of the season is an away game against Newcastle, which won't be easy, but hopefully, whatever is at stake at that time (the title would be nice), it should have been decided before the last game. We certainly don't want the situation where everything hangs on this match. It is a shame that the last game is away again as I always like the end-of-the-season lap of appreciation to take place after the end of the last game. The lap of appreciation after the end of the penultimate game is not the same. This is going to be the third last game of the season away in a row.
Other dates to note are north London derbies: Saturday 17 November at home 12:45 (English time) kick-off and Saturday 2 March at the White Hart Lane (this game is highly likely to be rescheduled for the convenience of TV companies). Our annual Benidorm trip may be organised around the time of the latter match as we did earlier this year. Alternatively, if we go all the way, the Capital One Cup final on Sunday 24 February could be the focal point of our Benidorm trip next year as it was in 2011.
At the Las Mimosas bar, our usual venue, games against Manchester United are as big as north London derbies as there is rivalry between us and Man U fans. These dates are Saturday 3 November at Old Trafford and Saturday 27 April at home.
Lastly, we don't like to look too far ahead, but cannot help mentioning that the reward of going all the way to the final in the Champions League this season is playing in the Wembly Stadium. Flying into London to watch Arsenal in the Champions League final would be the highlight of the coming season for us without doubt.
Come on you, Gunners!!
Please note that we have an updated fixture list on 2012/13 fixtures update on this blog.
|(This is a 45 minute match)|
|(This is a 45 minute match)|
|24||Jul||Pre-season Friendly||A||Malaysia XI||21:45||ESPN|
|27||Jul||Pre-season Friendly||N||Manchester City||13:00||ESPN|
|29||Jul||Pre-season Friendly||N||Kitchee FC||10:00||ESPN|
|12||Aug||Pre-season Friendly||A||FC Cologne||16:00||ESPN|
|18||Sat||Barclays Premier League||H||Sunderland||15:00|
|26||Sun||Barclays Premier League||A||Stoke City||13:30||SS1|
|02||Sun||Barclays Premier League||A||Liverpool||13:30||SS1|
|15||Sat||Barclays Premier League||H||Southampton||15:00|
|18/19||UEFA Champions League||N||Matchday 1||19:45|
|23||Sun||Barclays Premier League||A||Manchester City||16:00||SS1|
|26||Wed||Capital One Cup||N||Round 3|
|29||Sat||Barclays Premier League||H||Chelsea||12:45||SS1|
|2/3||UEFA Champions League||N||Matchday 2||19:45|
|06||Sat||Barclays Premier League||A||West Ham United||17:30||ESPN|
|20||Sat||Barclays Premier League||A||Norwich||17:30||ESPN|
|23/24||UEFA Champions League||N||Matchday 3||19:45|
|27||Sat||Barclays Premier League||H||QPR||15:00|
|31||Wed||Capital One Cup||N||Round 4|
|03||Sat||Barclays Premier League||A||Manchester United||12:45||SS1|
|6/7||UEFA Champions League||N||Matchday 4||19:45|
|10||Sat||Barclays Premier League||H||Fulham||15:00|
|17||Sat||Barclays Premier League||H||Tottenham Hotspur||12:45||SS1|
|20/21||UEFA Champions League||N||Matchday 5||19:45|
|24||Sat||Barclays Premier League||A||Aston Villa||17:30||ESPN|
|28||Wed||Barclays Premier League||A||Everton||19:45|
|01||Sat||Barclays Premier League||H||Swansea||15:00|
|4/5||UEFA Champions League||N||Matchday 6||19:45|
|08||Sat||Barclays Premier League||H||W.B.A.||15:00|
|12||Wed||Capital One Cup||N||Quarter-Final|
|15||Sat||Barclays Premier League||A||Reading||15:00|
|22||Sat||Barclays Premier League||A||Wigan Athletic||15:00|
|26||Wed||Barclays Premier League||H||West Ham United||15:00|
|29||Sat||Barclays Premier League||H||Newcastle United||15:00|
|01||Tue||Barclays Premier League||A||Southampton||15:00|
|05||Sat||The FA Cup||N||Round 3|
|09||Wed||Capital One Cup||N||Semi-Final 1L|
|12||Sat||Barclays Premier League||H||Manchester City||15:00|
|19||Sat||Barclays Premier League||A||Chelsea||15:00|
|23||Wed||Capital One Cup||N||Semi-Final 2L|
|26||Sat||The FA Cup||N||Round 4|
|30||Wed||Barclays Premier League||H||Liverpool||19:45|
|02||Sat||Barclays Premier League||H||Stoke City||15:00|
|09||Sat||Barclays Premier League||A||Sunderland||15:00|
|12/13/19/20||UEFA Champions League||N||Round of 16 1L||19:45|
|16||Sat||The FA Cup||N||Round 5|
|23||Sat||Barclays Premier League||H||Aston Villa||15:00|
|24||Sun||Capital One Cup||N||Final|
|02||Sat||Barclays Premier League||A||Tottenham Hotspur||15:00|
|5/6/12/13||UEFA Champions League||N||Round of 16 2L||19:45|
|09||Sat||Barclays Premier League||H||Everton||15:00|
|(or FA Cup 6th Round)|
|16||Sat||Barclays Premier League||A||Swansea||15:00|
|30||Sat||Barclays Premier League||H||Reading||15:00|
|2/3||UEFA Champions League||N||Quarter-Final 1L||19:45|
|06||Sat||Barclays Premier League||A||W.B.A.||15:00|
|9/10||UEFA Champions League||N||Quarter-Final 2L||19:45|
|13||Sat||Barclays Premier League||H||Norwich||15:00|
|(or FA Cup Semi-Final)|
|20||Sat||Barclays Premier League||A||Fulham||15:00|
|23/24||UEFA Champions League||N||Semi-Final 1L||19:45|
|27||Sat||Barclays Premier League||H||Manchester United||15:00|
|30/1||UEFA Champions League||N||Semi-Final 2L||19:45|
|04||Sat||Barclays Premier League||A||QPR||15:00|
|11||Sat||The FA Cup||N||Final|
|12||Sun||Barclays Premier League||H||Wigan Athletic||15:00|
|(to be rearranged if Arsenal or Wigan play in FA Cup final)|
|19||Sun||Barclays Premier League||A||Newcastle United||15:00|
|25||Sat||UEFA Champions League||N||Final||19:45|
|(at Wembley Stadium)|
Note: All kick-off times are UK time.
Source: Arsenal.com site.