Arsenal Premier League fixtures 2017-18 analysis: inc Europa League headaches
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 16:56
Tottenham, which was runner-up to Chelsea last season, is playing its home games in the Premier League at Wembley this season while a new stadium is being constructed on the site of the club's old White Hart Lane.
The other Premier League newcomers Huddersfield Town will play their first top-flight game in 45 years at Crystal Palace as Arsenal open at home to Leicester City.
Chelsea will begin their title defence at home to Burnley when the 2017-18 Premier League season kicks off on the weekend of 12-13 August.
Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham "cannot wait to start" the new season and are hoping to gain revenge over Newcastle following their 5-1 defeat past year. The new season's fixtures, which were announced yesterday morning, saw Antonio Conte's team given a Stamford Bridge opener on the weekend of August 12/13.
"I'm always positive about the fixtures. and we start in Newcastle - that will be exciting because it's our first game and then our first game at [home at] Wembley is against Chelsea".
The festive programme is typically packed, with a full round of fixtures two days before Christmas.
The first Manchester derby will be at Old Trafford on December 9, the same weekend as the Merseyside derby at Anfield.
Tottenham lost to Chelsea in an FA Cup semifinal match at Wembley last season, and also lost two of its three games at the national stadium in the group stage of the Champions League.
Six key games (dates subject to change, kick-offs tbc): Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea (19 Aug), Liverpool v Arsenal (26 Aug), Manchester City v Liverpool (9 Sep), Liverpool v Manchester United (14 Oct), Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur (18 Nov), Manchester United v Manchester City (9 Dec).
However, his side face a daunting end to the season with their final four games including trips to Manchester City and Chelsea, plus Everton and Arsenal at home.
Those are: Chelsea, Everton, Manchester City, Burnley, and Southampton. The club have confirmed their second fixture, scheduled to be at home to Southampton, will have to be rearranged due to the World Athletics Championships being held at the London Stadium.
There are seven league games in December, starting with United at home and finishing with West Brom away.