Five fixtures that could define Arsenal’s season

2014/15 was very much a season of two halves. Up until Christmas the Gunners were struggling and Arsene Wenger was under pressure, but by the time June rolled around Arsenal were one of the form teams in the country and FA Cup champions for a second successive season.

First up for the Gunners in 2015/16 is an all-London affair, with east end foes West Ham set to travel to the Emirates Stadium. The Hammers are under the guidance of Slaven Bilic now, and could provide a very different challenge than Sam Allardyce’s direct Irons outfit.

A fairly low key start to the season means that top six opposition will not be met until the end of August, when Liverpool travel to North London. Wenger’s men dismantled the Reds at the Emirates Stadium last season, coming away with a comfortable 4-1 win.

Manchester United at home on October 3 looks to be a potentially tasty tie, with Louis van Gaal’s side likely to be a very different animal to the Jekyll and Hyde outfit of last term. The Gunners will, however, be confident of success even though they failed to beat the Manchester side in league action last term.

Spurs at White Hart Lane on March 5 could be one to keep an eye on, too. The North London duo could well be in a battle for the top four by Spring 2016, and with the rivalry fierce to say the least anything could happen.

And finally the penultimate game of the season may be a defining one. Manchester City away is hardly an easy fixture, and with, likely, much on the table in terms of potential title and top four pushes, the points could be vital for both teams.

August

8 West Ham United (h)

15 Crystal Palace (a)

22 Liverpool (h)

29 Newcastle United (a)

September

12 Stoke City (h)

19 Chelsea (a)

26 Leicester City (a)

October

3 Manchester United (h)

17 Watford (a)

24 Everton (h)

31 Swansea City (a)

November

7 Tottenham (h)

21 West Brom (a)

28 Norwich City (a)

December

5 Sunderland (h)

12 Aston Villa (a)

19 Manchester City (h)

26 Southampton (a)

28 Bournemouth (h)

January

2 Newcastle United (h)

12 Liverpool (a)

16 Stoke City (a)

23 Chelsea (h)

February

2 Southampton (h)

6 Bournemouth (a)

13 Leicester City (h)

27 Manchester United (a)

March

1 Swansea City (h)

5 Tottenham Hotspur (a)

12 West Brom (h)

19 Everton (a)

April

2 Watford (h)

9 West Ham United (a)

16 Crystal Palace (h)

23 Sunderland (a)

30 Norwich City (h)

May

7 Manchester City (a)

15 Aston Villa (h)

 


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