Another tough start for the Gunners

So today was the day that we’ve all supposedly been waiting for.

No it wasn’t the departure of Sebastien Squillaci or Robin Van Persie signing a new contract but the release of next season’s Premier League fixtures.

Rumours that had been circulating on Twitter that Arsenal would starting off the new campaign by hosting Sunderland and they proved to be true as, sure enough, Martin O’Neill’s side come to the Emirates on August 18 for the opener.

Once again, just like last year and so many before that, the Gunners will face a tough start, with six of the first 10 games being scheduled away from home. These away matches include trips to Liverpool, Manchester City, and Manchester United. Among those away fixtures, Arsenal will also host Champions League winners Chelsea, a week after battling Premier League champions City.

On the contrary, the business end of the season is relatively straightforward. From March onwards, Arsenal’s only clashes with the big guns come in the aforementioned trip to Spurs, a visit to Fulham and a home match with Manchester United before finishing the year by travelling to Newcastle United.

The busy festive period has also been quite kind to the club. Arsenal have seven games from December 1 to January 1 with four of those being home matches. Swansea City, West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United and Newcastle will all mosey down to the Emirates, with the latter two arriving on boxing day and December 29.

Over Christmas, Arsenal will have to make the long run up to Wigan Athletic on December 22, but will only make the short journeys to Premier League new boys Reading and Southampton either side of that fixture.

As for the North London derbies, the first one of the season will take place in the red half of North London when Tottenham Hotspur make the short trip on November 17. Arsene Wenger’s side will travel to White Hart Lane on March 2.

The Gunners are going to have to hit the ground running if they are enjoy a successful campaign, but after a tough start Arsenal have a reasonably easy run-in.

So what do you think about the full fixture list below?

Where will the season be won and lost? Is it a good schedule? And just when St Totteringham’s day come in 2013?

Tell us what you think.

Matt Cotton

@FindingCotton

Arsenal’s Premier League Fixtures 2012/13

August 18 Sunderland (H)

August 25 Stoke (A)

September 1 Liverpool (A)

September 15 Southampton (H)

September 22 Man City (A)

September 29 Chelsea (H)

October 6 West Ham (A)

October 20 Norwich (A)

October 27 QPR (H)

November 3 Man Utd (A)

November 10 Fulham (H)

November 17 Tottenham (H)

November 24 Aston Villa (A)

November 28 Everton (A)

December 1 Swansea (H)

December 8 West Brom (H)

December 15 Reading (A)

December 22 Wigan (A)

December 26 West Ham (H)

December 29 Newcastle (H)

January 1 Southampton (A)

January 12 Man City (H)

January 19 Chelsea (A)

January 29 Liverpool (H)

February 2 Stoke (H)

February 9 Sunderland (A)

February 23 Aston Villa (H)

March 2 Tottenham (A)

March 9 Everton (H)

March 16 Swansea (A)

March 30 Reading (H)

April 6 West Brom (A)

April 13 Norwich (H)

April 20 Fulham (A)

April 27 Man Utd (H)

May 4 QPR (A)

May 12 Wigan (H)

May 19 Newcastle (A)

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