Arsenal Schedule 2017-18: Premier League Fixtures Released

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJune 14, 2017

Arsenal's Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey (C) and Arsenal's English midfielder Theo Walcott celebrate on the pitch after their win over Chelsea in the English FA Cup final football match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley stadium in London on May 27, 2017.
Aaron Ramsey scored a 79th-minute header to earn Arsenal a stunning 2-1 win over Double-chasing Chelsea on Saturday and deliver embattled manager Arsene Wenger a record seventh FA Cup. / AFP PHOTO / Ian KINGTON / NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE        (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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Arsenal will open their 2017-18 Premier League campaign at home to 2015-16 champions Leicester City as manager Arsene Wenger begins his quest anew to launch a run at the title.

The club's official Twitter account confirmed the upcoming campaign's schedule in full as this season's fixtures were announced on Wednesday:

The Gunners failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in 20 years after finishing fifth last term, and Wenger may not see out his new two-year contract if he fails to do so for a second season in succession.

Arsenal have a wait on their hands for the first north London derby of the season as they encounter Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium on November 18.

Defending champions Chelsea will host Arsenal for the first time on September 16, and the north Londoners end their campaign with a palatable clash against Huddersfield Town at Kirklees Stadium.

Leicester may have been Premier League champions themselves this time a year ago, but Arsenal welcomed the test and shared memories of Danny Welbeck's winning goal in a 2-1 victory over the Foxes in February 2016:

Perhaps the most worrying calendar development for the Gunners is the timing of their fixtures after UEFA Europa League competition.

As luck would have it, the north Londoners are immediately on the road in domestic competition after most of their Europa commitments, including trips to Chelsea, Everton and Manchester City, per Eurosport's Tom Adams:

The 2017-18 season will present a new challenge to the Wenger in that regard, and some debate is sure to unfold in regards to how much of a priority Arsenal should place on a competition won by Manchester United last term.

Most of the focus on the Gunners will be paid to their Premier League participation in any case, and ESPN Stats and Info broke down the biggest fixtures on their slate after failing to challenge England's elite as hoped in 2016-17:

The mood at the Emirates has been low in recent months, largely due to indecision over where the future of the manager and some players laid, but a successful 2017-18 would put Wenger back in the good books.

Arsenal's only May fixtures in the league fall against Burnley and Huddersfield, but they'll need to ensure the best of their work is done before then if they're to have any hope of a first Premier League crown since 2004.

    

Visit the official Premier League website for a breakdown of Arsenal's 2017-18 fixtures. You can also visit the Premier League website to see this season's fixtures in full.