The Arsenal fixture list is as good as manager Arsene Wenger could have hoped for ahead of the 2014/2015 season.
The first thing Arsene Wenger would have hoped for when the Premier League fixtures were released was a home game. Check. The second thing he would have hoped for was to avoid the club’s main rivals. Check.
The Gunners start their campaign at the Emirates Stadium against Crystal Palace, who were one of the strongest sides over the final chunk of last season.
The Gunners then have difficult away games at Everton and Leicester City before they play Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham within three games, which will shape the initial league position they take up.
A full list can be seen below, dates and times subject to change for television purposes
|Home Team||Away Team||Time|
|Sat 16 Aug 2014||Arsenal||v||C. Palace||15:00|
|Sat 23 Aug 2014||Everton||v||Arsenal||15:00|
|Sat 30 Aug 2014||Leicester City||v||Arsenal||15:00|
|Sat 13 Sep 2014||Arsenal||v||Man City||15:00|
|Sat 20 Sep 2014||Aston Villa||v||Arsenal||15:00|
|Sat 27 Sep 2014||Arsenal||v||Tottenham||15:00|
|Sat 04 Oct 2014||Chelsea||v||Arsenal||15:00|
|Sat 18 Oct 2014||Arsenal||v||Hull City||15:00|
|Sat 25 Oct 2014||Sunderland||v||Arsenal||15:00|
|Sat 01 Nov 2014||Arsenal||v||Burnley||15:00|
|Sat 08 Nov 2014||Swansea||v||Arsenal||15:00|
|Sat 22 Nov 2014||Arsenal||v||Man Utd||15:00|
|Sat 29 Nov 2014||West Brom||v||Arsenal||15:00|
|Tue 02 Dec 2014||Arsenal||v||Southampton||19:45|
|Sat 06 Dec 2014||Stoke||v||Arsenal||15:00|
|Sat 13 Dec 2014||Arsenal||v||Newcastle||15:00|
|Sat 20 Dec 2014||Liverpool||v||Arsenal||15:00|
|Fri 26 Dec 2014||Arsenal||v||Queens Park Rangers||15:00|
|Sun 28 Dec 2014||West Ham||v||Arsenal||15:00|
|Thu 01 Jan 2015||Southampton||v||Arsenal||15:00|
|Sat 10 Jan 2015||Arsenal||v||Stoke||15:00|
|Sat 17 Jan 2015||Man City||v||Arsenal||15:00|
|Sat 31 Jan 2015||Arsenal||v||Aston Villa||15:00|
|Sat 07 Feb 2015||Tottenham||v||Arsenal||15:00|
|Tue 10 Feb 2015||Arsenal||v||Leicester City||19:45|
|Sat 21 Feb 2015||C. Palace||v||Arsenal||15:00|
|Sat 28 Feb 2015||Arsenal||v||Everton||15:00|
|Tue 03 Mar 2015||Queens Park Rangers||v||Arsenal||19:45|
|Sat 14 Mar 2015||Arsenal||v||West Ham||15:00|
|Sat 21 Mar 2015||Newcastle||v||Arsenal||15:00|
|Sat 04 Apr 2015||Arsenal||v||Liverpool||15:00|
|Sat 11 Apr 2015||Burnley||v||Arsenal||15:00|
|Sat 18 Apr 2015||Arsenal||v||Sunderland||15:00|
|Sat 25 Apr 2015||Arsenal||v||Chelsea||15:00|
|Sat 02 May 2015||Hull City||v||Arsenal||15:00|
|Sat 09 May 2015||Arsenal||v||Swansea||15:00|
|Sat 16 May 2015||Man Utd||v||Arsenal||15:00|
|Sun 24 May 2015||Arsenal||v||West Brom||15:00|
The Boxing Day schedule has been kind to the club with a home match against Queens Park Rangers but any Gunners wanting to watch some New Years day football face a long trip down to the South Coast for a trip to Southampton.
Arsenal’s run-in could have been kinder but again, Wenger has been handed a home match against a lower profile team on the final day of the season when West Brom visit North London.
However, in the build up to that game Arsenal face Manchester United in their penultimate game of the season and fixtures against Chelsea and Liverpool in April before that.
In conclusion Arsenal fans should be happy because they stand a good chance of getting some early points on the board, they have a chance to step on the gas around Christmas time and a chance to ease towards the end of the season when they could be fighting for the Premier League title.