Arsenal Schedule 2013-14: List of Fixtures and Early Analysis
It may seem like the Premier League season just ended, but we're now just two months away from it kicking off once again.
With the team's league fixtures being released, we can now take an early look at how Arsenal's schedule shapes up for next season.
Let's find out.
|July 14||9:30 a.m.||Indonesia Dream Team||Arsenal||Friendly|
|July 17||8 a.m.||Vietnam||Arsenal||Friendly|
|July 22||6:30 a.m.||Nagoya Grampus||Arsenal||Friendly|
|July 26||2:30 p.m.||Urawa Red Diamonds||Arsenal||Friendly|
|Aug 3||11:20 a.m.||Arsenal||Napoli||Emirates Cup|
|Aug 4||11:20 a.m.||Arsenal||Galatasaray||Emirates Cup|
|Aug 10||10 a.m.||Arsenal||Manchester City (N)||Friendly|
|Aug 17||10 a.m.||Arsenal||Aston Villa||Premier League|
|Aug 24||10 a.m.||Fulham||Arsenal||Premier League|
|Aug 31||10 a.m.||Arsenal||Tottenham Hotspur||Premier League|
|Sep 14||10 a.m.||Sunderland||Arsenal||Premier League|
|Sep 21||10 a.m.||Arsenal||Stoke City||Premier League|
|Sep 28||10 a.m.||Swansea City||Arsenal||Premier League|
|Oct 5||10 a.m.||West Bromwich Albion||Arsenal||Premier League|
|Oct 19||10 a.m.||Arsenal||Norwich City||Premier League|
|Oct 26||10 a.m.||Crystal Palace||Arsenal||Premier League|
|Nov 2||11 a.m.||Arsenal||Liverpool||Premier League|
|Nov 9||10 a.m.||Manchester United||Arsenal||Premier League|
|Nov 23||10 a.m.||Arsenal||Southampton||Premier League|
|Nov 30||10 a.m.||Cardiff City||Arsenal||Premier League|
|Dec 3||2:45 p.m.||Arsenal||Hull City||Premier League|
|Dec 7||10 a.m.||Arsenal||Everton||Premier League|
|Dec 14||10 a.m.||Manchester City||Arsenal||Premier League|
|Dec 21||10 a.m.||Arsenal||Chelsea||Premier League|
|Dec 26||10 a.m.||West Ham United||Arsenal||Premier League|
|Dec 28||10 a.m.||Newcastle United||Arsenal||Premier League|
|Jan 1||10 a.m.||Arsenal||Cardiff City||Premier League|
|Jan 11||10 a.m.||Aston Villa||Arsenal||Premier League|
|Jan 18||10 a.m.||Arsenal||Fulham||Premier League|
|Jan 28||2:45 p.m.||Southampton||Arsenal||Premier League|
|Feb 1||10 a.m.||Arsenal||Crystal Palace||Premier League|
|Feb 8||10 a.m.||Liverpool||Arsenal||Premier League|
|Feb 11||2:45 p.m.||Arsenal||Manchester United||Premier League|
|Feb 22||10 a.m.||Arsenal||Sunderland||Premier League|
|March 1||10 a.m.||Stoke City||Arsenal||Premier League|
|March 8||10 a.m.||Arsenal||Swansea City||Premier League|
|March 15||11 a.m.||Tottenham Hotspur||Arsenal||Premier League|
|March 22||11 a.m.||Chelsea||Arsenal||Premier League|
|March 29||11 a.m.||Arsenal||Manchester City||Premier League|
|April 5||10 a.m.||Everton||Arsenal||Premier League|
|April 12||10 a.m.||Arsenal||West Ham United||Premier League|
|April 19||10 a.m.||Hull City||Arsenal||Premier League|
|April 26||10 a.m.||Arsenal||Newcastle United||Premier League|
|May 3||10 a.m.||Arsenal||West Bromwich Albion||Premier League|
|May 11||10 a.m.||Norwich City||Arsenal||Premier League|
*N signals neutral site. Schedule information courtesy of Arsenal.com.
As always, Arsenal's toughest fixtures will be against Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham.
The Red Devils haven't made any major signings yet this summer and are in a period of transition, as Sir Alex Ferguson retired and former Everton manager David Moyes was added. Nani is likely on the way out according to the Telegraph, while Wayne Rooney has been rumored to be on the outs as well, including this report also from the Telegraph.
Still, the Red Devils are always an elite side and that shouldn't change this season.
The Citizens have been busy already this summer—shocking, I know—signing midfielder Fernandinho for £30 million and crafty winger Jesus Navas for £14.9 million. Plus, they've been heavily linked to rising star and Malaga midfielder Isco, as reported by the Sun, which could signal a real shift to a more technical style for the club next season.
Which will prove to be the toughest test for Arsenal?
Oh, and they may yet land Edinson Cavani, too. City will be dangerous next year.
Chelsea will also be dangerous. The team has already signed Andre Schurrle in an £18 million deal, and new manager Jose Mourinho promises to give this side a new look over the summer.
For Tottenham, everything hinges on the team's ability to hold off half of Europe's top clubs and retain Gareth Bale this summer. If he goes, it will be a long season for Spurs next year.
Liverpool and Everton promise to once again be dangerous sides, even if the latter loses top players Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini this summer.
Beyond that, the Gunners should handle their business. This is a talented and—as they proved at the end of last season—scrappy squad that should have some big signings coming in over the summer.
Even with the Premier League's elite improving, there is no reason the Gunners shouldn't challenge for a title next season.
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