The Gunners face Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City very early on
Anyone who likes to believe that fixtures really are generated over a five minute period just before they are announced had their vision crushed twice yesterday – first by the BBC revealing how they are collated and then by Sky Sports News, who leaked Arsenal’s first six matches.
A graphic displaying their supposed opening games* was briefly flashed on screen and they won’t be too happy with them. Instead of starting at home – as they have done in 13 of the last 17 seasons – they kick off away to West Ham and face Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City before the end of September.
The Gunners made a mess of a far easier start last season but can take comfort from the fact that on the four occasions that they have begun a Premier League campaign away, they have won the title twice and finished second twice.
*Of course, it’s also possible that they are a fabricated set that were created for a mock-up that should never have been aired.