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Arsenal next six fixtures compared to Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester United

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The Gunners are off to a good start this season, and we compare the upcoming Premier League fixtures.


Arsenal next six fixtures compared to Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester United

Although Mikel Arteta will remain entirely focused on the simple concept of ‘one game at a time’ in order to ensure his Arsenal time brings a level of consistency to their game, it is difficult to avoid looking ahead in the fixture list.

After playing on Friday, one day before Chelsea and Tottenham, and two days before Manchester United, the Gunners were able to sit back and enjoy the first weekend of Premier League football from the top of the table, for just over 20 hours.

Given that the margin for error in England’s top flight has been drastically reduced over the last five years, and the requirements to finish in the top four are becoming increasingly difficult to meet each season.

Arsenal players could have been forgiven for looking eagerly at their rivals with extra fixtures, reduced preparation time, and improved competitiveness throughout the league.

Outside of the expected runaway leaders in Liverpool and Manchester City, the natural contenders for the top four appear to be Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, and Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United.

Because the gap between Arsenal in fifth and Tottenham in fourth last season was only one point, and only five to Chelsea, early season form can have a big impact on the table at the end of the season.

Arteta may have looked back and seen the three defeats to begin the season as a watershed moment for him or the reason they missed out on Champions League football, but with his new signings and a positive attitude heading into this season, more teams than ever are looking over their shoulders.

With that in mind, SportsDias examines who Arsenal and their rivals have coming up in the next six weeks.

Leicester (H) – August 13

The first game at the Emirates this season, and there’s already a juicy story developing ahead of it.

Fans have predicted that midfield target Youri Tielemans, who started Leicester’s first game of the season despite interest from Arsenal, will play that game in Arsenal red.

Although it is unlikely to go that far, there are some encouraging signs going into the game. 

Arsenal have won three of their last four meetings with their opponents, and Leicester may be in disarray as Wesley Fofana and James Maddison continue to be pursued by other Premier League clubs.

In addition, the Gunners have only lost one of their last 30 home games against the Foxes.

Bournemouth (A) – August 20

The next challenge for Arteta will be his first managerial visit to the Vitality Stadium, where he will face newcomers Bournemouth.

It continues Arsenal’s gentle start to the season as they look to get off to a much better start than last season, despite only winning three of their six visits to Bournemouth.

The teams most recently met in the 2020 FA Cup, where Arsenal went on to win the competition.

The most recent Premier League meeting ended in a 1-1 draw in December 2019, and this will be Arteta’s first meeting with Scott Parker.

Fulham (H) – August 27

The Gunners will then host another of the league’s newcomers, London rivals Fulham, at the Emirates.

Taking on Parker’s former team, Arteta is given more leeway to experiment, but given the Cottagers’ performance against Liverpool, there is plenty to be concerned about.

History, on the other hand, will be on Arsenal’s side. Since the days of Woolwich Arsenal, they have never lost at home to Fulham.

Arsenal has won 24 games since their first meeting in February 1904, though they have drawn three of the last five home meetings between the sides.

Aston Villa (H) – August 31

Next up is a back-to-back home match against another former England midfielder, Steven Gerrard.

Arteta and Gerrard will meet for the second time in a battle that dates back to the late 2000s. Arteta won the first match played last season 1-0 away from home.

In this game, Arsenal should be wary of an old foe: Emi Martinez will be on hand to prevent Jesus from scoring, and Villa have won three of the last five meetings, including two of the last three at Villa Park. 

Arsenal has won four of the last six games at the Emirates.

Man United (A) – September 4

Arteta’s side travels to Old Trafford for the next iteration of a fixture with a history of more than 125 years.

In that time, the Gunners have lost 100 games against United, but recent history shows that the game is much more even. 

Arsenal has won four of their last seven games against one of their oldest rivals, but only one of their last eight away from home.

This will be ten Hag and Arteta’s first meeting, but the Spaniard has a good record against Manchester United, having won three of his first five games against the Red Devils with one draw.

This game will be the most telling of how far the Gunners have come and could have a significant impact on how the season progresses.

Arteta’s team already has a lead over their opponents, who  lost 2-1 at Old Trafford on the first day.

Everton (H) – September 11

Finally, one of Arsenal’s less-favorite opponents has appeared in seven of the club’s first seven games. Everton.

Frank Lampard’s side has been a difficult opponent for Arsenal in recent years, with three defeats in four games and four in the last seven.

Although Arteta’s side crushed the hapless Toffees last time out, the Spanish manager has only won two of his three matches against Everton in charge, both of which have come at home.

Chelsea’s next six fixtures:

Tottenham (H) – August 14

Leeds (A) – August 21

Leicester (H) – August 27

Southampton (A) – August 30

West Ham (H) – September 4

Fulham (A) – September 10

Tottenham’s next six fixtures:

Chelsea (A) – August 14

Wolves (H) – August 20

Nottingham Forest (A) – August 28

West Ham (A) – August 31

Fulham (H) – September 3

Manchester City (A) – September 10

Man United’s next six fixtures:

Brentford (A) – August 13

Liverpool (H) – August 22

Southampton (A) – August 27

Leicester City (A) – September 1

Arsenal (H) – September 4

Crystal Palace (A) – September 11

Arsenal next six fixtures compared to Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester United



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