Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Arsenal host Wolves in 24/25 opener then face tricky run

Arsenal face a tough start to the 2024/25 campaign with away trips to Aston Villa, Sp*rs and Manchester City in their opening six games.

The Gunners will kick off the new season at home to Wolves on Saturday 17 August at 3pm before heading to Villa Park the following weekend for a crunch showdown with former manager Unai Emery. The Villans, who finished fourth last season, derailed Arsenal’s title hopes last season with two wins, so revenge will be in the air.

A home game against Brighton and their new manager Fabian Hurzeler comes next before an untimely Interlull breather. Then we face a potentially horrible week with a Champions League clash sandwiched by away games at Sp*rs (14 September) and City (21 September). The reverse fixtures against those two come on 14 January and 1 February respectively.

The hectic festive period sees us host Everton on Everton on the 14 December, while Christmas is straddled by an away game at Crystal Palace and a Boxing Day visit from Ipswich.

Arsenal will end the season away at newly-promoted Southampton – not our favourite ground – with tough clashes against Liverpool (away) and Newcastle (home) also in the mix in May.

TV selections haven’t been made yet so all dates are subject to change.

As usual, the Premier League has committed to giving supporters a minimum of six weeks’ notice on UK broadcast selections until December 2024, and five weeks’ from January 2025 until Matchweek 37. Usually they fluff their lines.

To view all the fixtures, see here.

Provisional dates for the 24/25 Premier League season

17 August – Wolverhampton (H)
24 August – Aston Villa (A)
31 August – Brighton (H)
2-10 September INTERLULL
14 September – Tottenham Hotspur (A)
17-19 September | UCL Matchday 1
21 September – Manchester City (A)
28 September – Leicester City (H)
1/2 October 2024 | UCL Matchday 2
5 October – Southampton (H)
7-15 October INTERLULL
19 October – A.F.C. Bournemouth (A)
22/23 October 2024 | UCL Matchday 3
26 October – Liverpool (H)
2 November – Newcastle United (A)
5/6 November 2024 | UCL Matchday 4
9 November – Chelsea (A)
11-19 November INTERLULL
23 November – Nottingham Forest (H)
26/27 November 2024 | UCL Matchday 5
30 November – West Ham United (A)
3 December – Manchester United (H)
10/11 December 2024 | UCL Matchday 6
7 December – Fulham (A)
14 December – Everton (H)
21 December – Crystal Palace (A)
26 December – Ipswich Town (H)
29 December – Brentford (A)
4 January – Brighton (A)
14 January – Tottenham Hotspur (H)
18 January – Aston Villa (H)
21/22 January 2025 | UCL Matchday 7
25 January – Wolverhampton (A)
29 January 2025 | UCL Matchday 8
1 February – Manchester City (H)
15 February – Leicester City (A)
22 February – West Ham United (H)
25 February – Nottingham Forest (A)
08 March – Manchester United (A)
15 March – Chelsea (H)
17-25 Match INTERLULL
1 April – Fulham (H)
5 April – Everton (A)
12 April – Brentford (H)
19 April – Ipswich Town (A)
26 April – Crystal Palace (H)
3 May – A.F.C. Bournemouth (H)
10 May – Liverpool (A)
18 May – Newcastle United (H)
25 May – Southampton (A)

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Champions League 24/25 knockout stages

Knockout round play-offs: 11/12 & 18/19 February 2025
Round of 16: 4/5 & 11/12 March 2025
Quarter-finals: 8/9 & 15/16 April 2025
Semi-finals: 29/30 April & 6/7 May 2025
Final: 31 May 2025

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FA Cup 24/25

Third Round Proper – 11 January 2025
Fourth Round Proper – 8 February 2025
Fifth Round Proper – 1 March 2025
Quarter Final – 29 March 2025
Semi Final – 26 April 2025
Final – 17 May 2025

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Theenge

Chance to lay down an early marker with wins against the early opponents. Can’t put it past the Arsenal to do just that

Johnny 4 Hats

Problem is we’ll have very tired first team players coming back from the Euros while City will just chuck their backup £50m player on to keep things ticking over until the others get back to full fitness.

Dr. Gooner

My only Euros prediction is that Grealish won’t get on the pitch, Foden will drop out of he first eleven after that debut, but Bukayo and Rice will start every game.

Olawale Olayemi

Aww, shit, here we go again

Man Manny

At the end of the day, 38 games against 19 other clubs. The best performing team wins.
If the past two seasons have shown anything, it’s the fact that Arsenal will be in the mix for the title.
My only worry is the effect of the Euros and Copa America on the team we’d be able to put out in the first few weeks considering the need to give them extended holiday period.

Duno

I’m awake. I like that our first half seems tougher. It’s our time. Let’s get it champs. COYG.

Henkamp

This! Better to start with the tougher games and end the season with kind fixtures when players are jaded.

Historically, City tend to start slowly. We have every chance of getting a result there. I predict 16 pts after the first 6 games (City being the only ones to nick a point off us).

Left Testicle

We have to play all of the teams in the league, home and away! Who knew?

Redbaron

Gonna pu a cheeky fiver on Arsenal winning the league at Anfield

allezkev

Roll on the 17th August…

Graeb

Well done “random draw” computer – CL game between Spuds and MC115.

Voulez Vous

Would rather those pain weeks were during the UCL group stages than in the knockout rounds (without getting ahead of ourselves). It looks like biggest threat balancing the league and the UCL knockout rounds is Liverpool at Anfield and I would definitely love to have that as an issue in May.

Dr. Gooner

It’s not a huge deal actually because it’s match day 1 in the UCL, so nothing will be decided. Mikel can rotate to his heart’s content. It could’ve come like it did this year, in the midst of a cruch quarterfinal against a top opponent where rotation isn’t an option. I’d rather do it this way.

Abhi

We owe Villa one.

TTgunner

Owe them double

Sean

Should be a big asterisk at the bottom of this article stating “shitloads of these will be rearranged anyway so don’t read too much into it”

PeteyB

I saw Opta reporting that City have the easiest last 10 games, 7 of their last 10 against teams that finished bottom half last year…

Arsepedant

The same report rates our final ten matches as the fourth easiest in the league, so pretty similar run-in overall.

Chennai Loves Arsenal

Early revenge on Villa

Jon

Time to just win every game and leave no doubt

om suley

lovely to see champions league dates in the calendar again.

chapeau arteta and the lads

A different George

The Christmas period looks the easiest in years, both in terms of scheduling and who the opponents are. I think that may turn out more important than either the first or last months.

Mark

Tough to read much into the schedule other than our challenging early start to the season because there are so many squads that have proven they can be a challenge and it is such a deep league, but do like that we get City, Villa and Spurs early even if it is a very tough, busy stretch.

Vieiraera

Seems the computer flipped last season on its head. I love it. I prefer an easier run in/ tougher opening to the opposite

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