Football used to be played at 3pm on a Saturday. That is very much not the case these days.
A combination of TV broadcast schedules and the ignominy of playing Europa League football means Arsenal now play the majority of their Premier League games on a Sunday with the rest scattered across the week at various times.
In the last two seasons (including the two remaining fixtures of this season), we’ve played at home in the league at 3pm on a Saturday just seven times (18% of all home games) and just twice at the same time on the road (5%).
Last season matches kicked off at 17 different times across all seven days of the week and while that has dropped to 15 this year, it’s fair to say there’s no such thing as a ‘football routine’ anymore.
To highlight the situation, we’ve put together a couple of tables charting when and where all games have played in the last two campaigns.
Hopefully we can find our way back into the Champions League season. Not just for the money, prestige and the chance to play teams who don’t sound like they’re rejected character names from Tintin Goes Behind the Iron Curtain, but so we can have something approaching a normal schedule again.
Come on Arsenal!