First round of TV fixtures announced – Man City moved to Sunday

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Although the fixtures for next season’s Premier League came out last month, we’ve been anxiously awaiting the TV companies to pick and choose the matches that are going to be on TV.

With two high profile games to begin the season, it’s no surprise that they’re on the schedule, as are two more before the end of September.

We’ll begin our Premier League campaign on a Sunday as did in 2016 (4-3 defeat to Liverpool), 2015 (2-0 defeat to West Ham), and 2010 (1-1 draw with Liverpool). We’re due a win, the law of averages is on our side!

The new times/dates are:

Arsenal v Man City

Date: Sunday August 12th
Kick off: 16.00
Channel: Sky Sports

Chelsea v Arsenal

Date: Saturday August 18th
Kick off: 17.30
Channel: BT Sports

Cardiff City v Arsenal

Date: Sunday September 2nd
Kick off: 13.30
Channel: Sky Sports

Arsenal v Everton

Date: Sunday September 23rd
Kick off: 16.00
Channel: Sky Sports

So, anyone booking travel/accommodation etc can now do so for those games with certainty.

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midgunner

Looking at the big games, I just hope that with the likes of Lichsteiner and hopefully Torreira, and more balance in the side, that we’ve seen the last of these 5-0, 6-0 trouncings that have humiliated us over the past few years.

Obviously I hope we win everything, but If we can grind out draws against the top teams, I’ll be more than happy.

asda

Speaking of balance, what are these 5-0, 6-0 trouncings over the past few years you speak about?

It’s just not true, unless you have a pretty generous interpretation of past few, or by 5-0, 6-0 you actually mean some different scores.

Glocken

You seem to be forgetting the Bayern thrashing’s and the humiliation at Anfield last year.

89 was fine

It’s great the new coach is already working with most of his squad and we’ve got a lot of our business sorted early for a change, hopefully we’ll be more than ready for the start of the new season. The fans the players the management were all up for this, its our shiny new fresh beginning. Coyg

Anonymarse

We do have the advantage of less involvement in the WC

Lobster

Makes the WC a little less exciting and a bit embarrassing for some of us, but it most definitely IS an advantage.

Donald's Trump

Most exciting world cup since 2002 in my opinion so not sure what you’re on about.

Pete

We will probably have more first team players available than Man City early in the season. I have a good feeling about that game and the rest of the season.

Heavenly Chapecoense

They will have convenient excuses for the heavy defeat we will hand them.

BODMAS

welcome back entertainment. One day coming to England to watch the ARSENAL play. I love in Germany

Tim

I love lamp

Homer

Normally I love in the bedroom, but really anywhere there is love to be had, I’m game. 🙂

GoonerP7

Off topic, but does anyone know why Leno is not already part of the pre season?

ramgooner

Leno will be back on Monday. He was with Germany before the final squad was announced. Hence, the extra week off.

Fraser

So is the West Ham game on the same date and time as it was previously?

Homer

Torriera looks an impressive player. Was all over the pitch for Uruguay.
I really hope the rumors are true that Arsenal signed this guy.

arsepedant

We North American Gooners are thrilled that three of the changes are later in the day rather than earlier! Last year I got so sick of waking up at 3:45a to be at the pub by 4:30a for those smeg awful early kick-offs.