ARSENAL have been handed a favourable start to the 2023-23 Premier League season with the club to play no ‘Big Six’ side in the opening month.
That is a stark contrast to last campaign’s nightmare start where they faced Chelsea and Manchester City in their first three matches.
For the second year running, Arsenal will play away on a Friday night to kick off the new term on August 5.
And they will be desperate avoid a defeat like they did at Brentford last season as they face Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace, who smashed them 3-0 at Selhurst Park in April.
Following the London derby, the Gunners host Leicester, before pitting their wits against newly-promoted sides Bournemouth and Fulham.
They conclude the month with a home clash against Aston Villa, before travelling to Manchester United on September 3 in their first major clash of the campaign.
It stands to be a torrid October for Arteta’s men who welcome North London rivals Tottenham to the Emirates at the start of the month, with the return fixture set for January 14.
And while juggling Europa League football, they will square off against Liverpool and Manchester City at home on October 8 and October 18 respectively.
They will also travel to Leeds and Southampton in what will prove to be a challenging time for Arsenal.
November will see Arsenal play just two games before the 2022 World Cup – trips to Chelsea and Wolves.
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Their first game back after the global tournament will be a Boxing Day tie against West Ham at home, before concluding 2022 with a visit to Brighton on December 31.
Just two days later they will welcome Newcastle to the capital, before facing Spurs away and United at home.
Arteta will see February and March as an opportunity to pick up points in his quest to secure Champions League football.
They will face no team that finished in the top seven of the Premier League in the 21-22 season.
April promises to be a tough period as they travel to Leeds, Liverpool, West Ham and Manchester City.
And they also will host Southampton and Chelsea in the penultimate month of the season.
A tricky visit to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle on May 6 could prove pivotal if Arsenal are to finish in the top four.
The Gunners lost against the Magpies last month which saw Tottenham leapfrog above them in the table.
Brighton and Nottingham Forest then follow, with Arsenal to once again finish the campaign at the Emirates, with Wolves their last opponent.