Search

Arsenal’s opening month will be a test of Premier League title credentials

PUBLISHED: 11:30 18 June 2012

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on the touchline.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on the touchline.

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Trips to Stoke, Liverpool and Manchester City in first five games could spell trouble for Wenger

Arsenal will start their 2012-13 Premier League campaign at home – but at first glance it is their away form that will be most severely tested in the opening month of the season.

The Gunners entertain Sunderland on the season’s opening day on August 18, but Arsene Wenger will have noted with a wry grin that their first away task comes at Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium a week later.

Stoke’s vociferous fans mercilessly baited Wenger during the Gunners’ 1-1 draw in the Potteries in April, and are sure to line up another warm reception for the Frenchman early next season.

The following week sees the Gunners visit Anfield to take on Liverpool under their new boss Brendan Rodgers, and their next away destination, after a home game with newly-promoted Southampton, is a trip to champions Manchester City on September 22.

With European Cup holders Chelsea next up at the Emirates on September 29, Wenger will be only too aware that the opening half-dozen games present a stern test of Arsenal’s title credentials.

Other eye-catching fixtures are the trip to Old Trafford on November 3, and the first north London derby on November 17 when whoever takes over from Harry Redknapp will bring Spurs to the Emirates on November 17.

Traditionalists will be glad to see a London derby on Boxing Day, when Sam Allardyce’s West Ham will be the visitors to the Emirates, while the Gunners are off to Southampton’s St Mary’s on New Year’s Day 2013.

At the tail end of the season, Arsenal finish with a trip to Newcastle on May 19, preceded by a home game with Wigan on May 12 and away to QPR at Loftus Road on May 4.

0 comments

Latest Islington Sports News

Yesterday, 10:30

Maddie Hinch makes several fine saves, but it isn’t enough to send them through to final

Thu, 16:00

The latest news from the local boxing scene

Thu, 13:30

Middlesex man Dawid Malan could also make Test debut in game at the Oval

Thu, 12:00

North Middlesex beat ealing in final on Sunday

Wed, 17:24

The NR F1 Podcast takes to the airwaves to bring you its 2017 British Formula 1 Grand Prix review.

Wed, 17:00

France international has been linked with Everton, AC Milan, West Ham and Marseille in recent weeks

Wed, 15:00

Middlesex face three games in four days

Wed, 11:30

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that the Premier League is more important than the Champions League this week.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now