League Fixtures Announced…

The Premier League fixtures have been announced today and legally I have been advised I cannot publish a list of these fixtures (as regular readers may have been aware of from last season)… however, I can talk about the season fixtures in an article… and that’s exactly what I plan to do.

Click here to see a full list of fixtures on the Official Arsenal Web Site

So, we kick off the campaign away to Everton in what is a reasonably hard start to the campaign… 3 of our first 4 league games are away from home to Everton (who finished 5th last season), the Champions Manchester United at the  end of August and money bags, Man City the first game in September.

We will have a game in hand on the other teams as the game against Bolton originally scheduled on the 18th August has been postponed due to our Champions League commitments… and we’ll see whether that’s a good or bad thing nearer the time.

Highlights of the season are Manchester United away on the 29th August, Sp*rs at home on the 31st October, Chelsea at home on the 28th November and Liverpool away on December 12th…

The Africans Cup of Nations kicks of on the 10th January and ends on the 31st January, so if we consider some extra time before and after the tournament, players such as Emmanuel Eboue, Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor will all miss the 2 FA Cup games, 2 Carling Cup semi finals, the games against Everton at home, Villa away and most importantly Manchester United at the Emirates.

The end of January, beginning of February is quite tough for us, as following the game against United (on Jan 30th), we have a game against Chelsea away the following Saturday before we entertain Liverpool at home on the Wednesday (9th Feb)…

And if we’re still in the hunt for the title come the end of the season, potential obstacles in our course are Sp*rs away and Man City at home in the final few weeks.

Reactions and comments welcome…

  • Arsefan101

    Dude, we’ve got some hard fixtures – can’t believe we have United in August – away! And then end of Jan / Feb is way too much in the space of 10 days!!!

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  • Pete

    Whoops. didn’t realise posting the fixture list was a problem Dev, sorry mate.

    Just read an interesting follow up regarding Eboue.

    EBOUE HAPPY TO PLAY WAITING GAME

    Emmanuel Eboue’s agent believes the Arsenal defender will remain at the Emirates Stadium unless an offer from a big club comes in.

    Eboue revealed on Tuesday that he has grown frustrated by his failure to hold down a regular starting spot in Arsene Wenger’s team last season and could head for the exit in search of better opportunities.

    Reports in Italy suggest Fiorentina and Roma are preparing bids for the Ivory Coast international, while it could also reignite Inter Milan’s interest as the Nerazzurri have long been linked with the 26-year-old.

    However, Franjo Vranjkovic believes his client could be prepared to sign a new deal at the Gunners.

    “Arsenal offered us a contract extension, proposing to us a four-year deal,” he told Calciomercato.it. “Emmanuel could free himself soon as at zero cost, but Wenger’s offers is very good.

    “The player likes the way Arsenal plays.

    “I honestly think that Fiorentina and Roma aren’t at Eboue’s level. The two clubs are not among the top ones in Italy, that’s the reality of it. But if any of the Milan clubs or Juventus come after him, that could change things.

    “Inter have never contacted us but if they should call us we would be in Italy without any problems. But no one has called me.”

    Eboue moved to Arsenal from Beveren in January 2005 and became a first-team regular in the second half of the following season.

    However, inconsistent form has seen him overtaken by Bacary Sagna and Theo Walcott in the pecking order.

    He was booed by the Gunners fans back in December after coming off the bench against Wigan and was himself substituted but Vranjkovic insists he still has a great rapport with the Emirates faithful.

    “I repeat that the player has a great relationship with Wenger, he’s one of his fans,” he added. “There’s no problems with the fans either.

    “It’s normal that people create great stories about great players but there is absolutely no friction with the Gunners supporters.”

  • devday

    No worry – personally as the editor of the site, I’ve not permitted to publish fixtures – but as a commenter, I’m pretty sure it’s allowed :-)

  • CON-MAN

    damn, ivory coast are pretty good so there going to be in it towards the end, hopefully they’ll get knocked out early, but its important, arshavin, walcott, rosicky etc are all fit so we dont miss the lads too much

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  • Pete

    Just read this article at another site:

    “Cana prefers a move to England

    Marseille captain Lorik Cana was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal at the start of this year’s summer transfer window but as the Vermaelen speculation increased, that of Cana disappeared.

    But now that Vermaelen deal seems to be nearly completed as his agent confirmed so Arsene Wenger can now turn his attention to a holding midfielder now; and Cana is a good option. The Albanian international stated that he has not decided whether to stay or leave as yet but in case he moves England or Germany would be his preferred destination.

    “I will talk with my family and my representatives. It will then depend on what I want to do. I believe that if I want to leave, everyone at this club will respect my decision.

    “It is not certain that I will be terminating my contract though. I am in no rush.

    “Of the possible destinations in the future, England and Germany are the two leagues that attract me the most.”