Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been handed a tough start in his debut Premier League season, with the Gunners facing 2017/18 champions Manchester City on the opening day before travelling to face 2016/17 champions Chelsea a week later.
Arsenal are coming off the back of a disappointing campaign, having finished outside of the top-four for a second consecutive season, while ending 2017/18 without a trophy for their troubles. They finished sixth in the Premier League with 63 points, their worst-ever return under former long-serving manager Arsene Wenger.
The Gunners’ defence of the FA Cup saw them knocked out in the third round by Nottingham Forest, they lost to Manchester City in the League Cup and they were eliminated in the Europa League semi-final by Atletico Madrid.
Emery has a difficult start to the season, but Arsenal could go on a run after their trip to Stamford Bridge, with winnable games against West Ham United, Cardiff City and Newcastle United to follow.
“The following Premier League games are likely to move as they follow Europa League matches: Everton (home, September 22), Fulham (away, October 6), Crystal Palace (away, October 27), Wolves (home, November 10), Tottenham (home, December 1), Southampton (away, December 15),” read a statement on Arsenal’s official website.
Arsenal have a number of difficult double-headers, as both December and March kick off with a North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur and meeting with Manchester United. Arsenal travel to Turf Moor to face Burnley in their final game of the season.
December could be the tricky month, as they’ll have seven games to contend with, three of which come against last season’s big-six (Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool).
The Gunners have a decent run-in, however, as they’ll avoid a big-six club in their last eight outings. Emery’s men will be expected to finish the season strongly.