Arsenal will open the 2009-10 Premiership season by visiting Everton at Goodison Park on Aug. 15 and conclude the league campaign by hosting Fulham on May 9, as the initial list of Premiership fixtures has been announced by the league this Wednesday morning.
The first league match of the season at Emirates Stadium looks to be a visit by Portsmouth on Aug. 22, as the Gunners' earlier, midweek league encounter on the schedule will have to be moved due to Arsenal's Champions League commitments at the time.
The Gunners' North London derbies with rivals Tottenham will take place at Emirates Stadium on Oct. 31 and at White Hart Lane on Apr. 10.
The first of the matchups between England's "Big Four" will take place before the end of August, when the Gunners visit Manchester United at Old Trafford on Aug. 29. The return fixture with Arsenal hosting the three-time champion Red Devils is set for Jan. 30.
That fixture will mark the start of a tough period in the league very early in 2010 for Arsenal, scheduled for successive matches against the other three teams from last season's top four. In the space of 10 days, the Gunners will host Manchester United (on Jan. 30) and then visit Chelsea (for a Feb. 6 match) before returning to the Emirates to battle Liverpool (on Feb. 9).
This initial fixture list is a draft lift and is subject to change, according to the Premier League, and does not yet take into account games selected for television (expected to be announced before the end of June).
In fact (as noted above), one Arsenal match will already have to be rescheduled; the Aug. 18 home date with Bolton will have to be postponed, as the Gunners will be involved in the UEFA Champions League qualifying round that midweek.
The following is a list of Arsenal's fixtures for the 2009-10 season, taken from the club's official site at arsenal.com, and including dates for Champions League matches and domestic Cup competition encounters.
Sat Aug 15 at Everton
Aug 18/19 UEFA Champions League play-off round (first leg)
Sat Aug 22 vs. Portsmouth
Aug 25/26 UEFA Champions League Play-off round (second leg)
Sat Aug 29 at Manchester United
Sat Sep 12 at Manchester City
Sep 15/16 UEFA Champions League Matchday 1
Sat Sep 19 vs. Wigan Athletic
Wed Sep 23 Carling Cup third round
Sat Sep 26 at Fulham
Sep 29/30 UEFA Champions League Matchday 2
Sat Oct 3 vs. Blackburn Rovers
Sat Oct 17 vs. Birmingham City
Oct 20/21 UEFA Champions League Matchday 3
Sat Oct 24 at West Ham United
Wed Oct 28 Carling Cup fourth round
Sat Oct 31 vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Nov 3/4 UEFA Champions League Matchday 4
Sat Nov 7 at Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sat Nov 21 at Sunderland
Nov 24/25 UEFA Champions League Matchday 5
Sat Nov 28 vs. Chelsea
Wed Dec 2 Carling Cup fifth round
Sat Dec 5 vs. Stoke City
Dec 8/9 UEFA Champions League Matchday 6
Sat Dec 12 at Liverpool
Tue Dec 15 at Burnley
Sat Dec 19 vs. Hull City
Sat Dec 26 vs. Aston Villa
Mon Dec 28 at Portsmouth
Sat Jan 2 F.A. Cup third round
Wed Jan 6 Carling Cup Semi-Final (first leg)
Sat Jan 9 vs. Everton
Sat Jan 16 at Bolton Wanderers
Wed Jan 20 Carling Cup Semi-Final (second leg)
Sat Jan 23 F.A. Cup fourth round
Wed Jan 27 at Aston Villa
Sat Jan 30 vs. Manchester United
Sat Feb 6 at Chelsea
Tue Feb 9 vs. Liverpool
Sat Feb 13 F.A. Cup fifth round
Feb 16/17/23/24 UEFA Champions League Knockout Round (first leg)
Sat Feb 20 vs. Sunderland
Sat Feb 27 at Stoke City
Sun Feb 28 Carling Cup Final
Sat Mar 6 vs. Burnley (also F.A. Cup sixth round)
Mar 9/10/16/17 UEFA Champions League Knockout Round (second leg)
Sat Mar 13 at Hull City
Sat Mar 20 vs. West Ham United
Sat Mar 27 at Birmingham City
Mar 30/31 UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final (first leg)
Sat Apr 3 vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Apr 6/7 UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final (second leg)
Sat Apr 10 at Tottenham Hotspur (also F.A. Cup Semi-Final)
Sat Apr 17 at Wigan Athletic
Apr 20/21 UEFA Champions League Semi-Final (first leg)
Sat Apr 24 vs. Manchester City
Apr 27/28 UEFA Champions League Semi-Final (second leg)
Sat May 1 at Blackburn Rovers
Sun May 9 vs. Fulham
Sat May 15 F.A. Cup Final
Sat May 22 UEFA Champions League Final
To be arranged
Bolton Wanderers (home match from Aug. 18)
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