Personally, I can't wait to see Vela in action.
The "draft" Premier League fixtures were announced today and by "draft" I mean before the TV channels move all the games around a day or two here or there, make us travel to Manchester at 6am for a 12 midday kick off, whilst having a 5.15 kick off for our local derby and moving the Newcastle away trip to Monday to make it impossible to get back to London on the same day...
Well, let's take a look at what the FA has proposed...
We'll start the season with a Champions League qualifier on either the 12th or 13th of August (which is about 7 and a half weeks away, and then we'll have our first Premier League game against newly promoted West Brom. It's always hard to play against a newly promoted team on the opening day - remember Wigan vs Chelsea - but then nowadays you could say that against any team. We'll have to start well again next season and a home game against West Brom could see us jump to the top of the table on day one.
Our next home game will be against Fulham on Saturday 23rd August, and in between the two Premier League games, we'll have the Champions League qualifer second leg. If we have our first leg away, we'll stay in London for the rest of August, as our third game of the season will be against Newcastle at home.
In fact, our September is relatively good as we don't meet any of the teams that finished in the top 6 last season. We do have two tough away games, but winnable games. We've got an away game against Hughes-less Blackburn Rovers and then an away Bolton wi a Champions League game in between. We finish the month with Hull at home and a good game to have before our October Champions League game.
Overall, the start is good and continues into October. The highlight being Arsenal vs Sp*rs on Tuesday 28th October. November sees us play Manchester United at home on Saturday 8th and Chelsea away on Saturday 29th November and then it's not long until we play Liverpool at the Emirates on December the 20th.
The return Sp*rs fixture at White Hart Lane is on February 7th and it's not until April that we really get tough. We've got Liverpool straight after a midweek Champions League game, I hope we don't get them again in the CL this season as they bored us into submission. We've also got Chelsea at the Emirates on Saturday 9th May, again after a Champions League game and Man United the following Saturday, so I'd suggest we win the league by then or it will be a tough & nervy final few games.
Well, there is the summary, click here to view the full list.
Elsewhere in the world of Arsenal, RVPand Ade are continually linked with the two Milan teams. Neither will be playing in the San Siro next term (except in the CL possibly) – it’s getting quite annoying to hear these stories every day… but I’m sure they’ll stop on August 31st!
In other news, our current sick note, Tomas Rosicky has announced that he will miss pre-season training and be back in August, probably only ready to play in September. He said:
It will be yet a long time before I return, but at the start of the new season – some time in August – I will hopefully start with training.
It’s obvious that Arsene is getting used to the continual injury problems, and with Nasri, Ramsey and Vela on board, it will be easier to find an alternative to Hleb or Diaby until Tomas can return. No doubt, he is a quality player, a big player, but he needs to regain his fitness.
Well, it’s been a productive Monday for the Germans, who beat their arch rivals Austria in the Euros. Turkey beat Switzerland in an enthralling game yesterday and it’s been a pretty good Euro 2008 so far…
It’s France vs Italy tomorrow is a clash of the titans, should be a good game… ’til then.]]>