The fixtures for the 2013/14 Premier League campaign were announced today as we really started gather a sense of what's to come next season. Suddenly there was a mass amount of excitement as the build up to the new season starting on August 17th gathered momentum.
The opening day will see us face Aston Villa at home. This could be quite a tough fixture but one in which we should pick up three points. It's a certainty that Villa will be better than last season if they can keep hold of Benteke. They've already secured the signings of Jores Okore who is a great young prospect whilst also sealing deals for Tonev, Bacuna and Helenius who will certainly strengthen their squad. Our next game sees us travel down the Thames to face Fulham in our first away fixture. A potentially tricky tie considering recent results at the Cottage. In our third game of the season we will host the North London Derby as Spurs travel to the Emirates. Hopefully we'll see another 5-2 thrashing in our favour!
Our boxing day tie is away to West Ham whilst our final game of 2013 will see us play Newcastle just as we ended 2012. Could another Theo Walcott hat-trick be on it's way in that game? March looks set to be a very tricky month for Arsenal. We will face Stoke away, Swansea at home unless we reach the FA Cup quarter-finals, Spurs and Chelsea away before finishing the month at home to Manchester City. We will then end the season with a trip to Norwich City. Where we'll be in the table come Sunday 11th May only time will tell. Let's just hope it's not a repeat of what has happened the past two seasons where we've needed to win against West Brom and Newcastle in the final match in order to qualify for the Champions League.
In the mean time we can enjoy our pre-season fixtures in which we'll tour Asia once more. Compete in the Emirates Cup and play Man City in Helsinki, Finland.
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