With our Arsenal fixtures for the forthcoming season confirmed last month, we look ahead to the upcoming Community Shield against Chelsea this Sunday. As well as the fixtures for the opening two months of the season and which players will or will not be playing in them? Oh and why did Wenger out never happen? My answer to that now is to forget about it, we all know the reason why so let us as a club put last season’s divide between fans to one side please.
Right, with both SKY Sports and BT Sports having now worked out which of our games they will be showing live, we as fans can work where we’ll be able to watch them if we’re not at the game itself. Those fixtures mentioned are at the bottom of this page.
Firstly though, the Community Shield this weekend. Not to talk about Chelsea too much, but it’s been mentioned a few times that their squad is still a little light to defend their Premier League crown going into the new season. They have hardly signed anyone, but then neither have we. The only two players of significance are defender Sead Kolasinac from Schalke, who looks like a huge build of a man, and long serving Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette. I’m happy with both but with question marks still over Ozil and Sanchez (although Wenger says they’ll still be here) I’m a little concerned we’re a tad lightweight. Even more so when as yet we do not know the future of Jack Wilshere and again rumours in the press about Oxlade-Chamberlain moving on.
With regards to this Sunday at Wembley then, I honestly think we’ll beat Chelsea again and am quietly confident. Hopefully the confidence is still there from our FA Cup final win in May and pre-season has been okay. Winning the community shield is of course not important as such, but just keeping a winning mentality is. There has been unrest with Conte in the Chelsea camp and with Matic leaving for United and Costa due to leave I do wonder what their currently mental state is a squad. To be honest, I don’t really care. My concern is always of course Arsenal.
Will the Europa League be a distraction for us this season, of course it will be, once the fixtures are confirmed and we start to playing Thursdays and Sundays. That is why we must get off to a flying start with no messing around, six points from the first two games will do me. In fact I’m going to predict ten points from our first four games before we possibly slip up to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in September. See you next month anyway for our #AFCPredictions which myself, Jason, Alex, Lewis and Vas will be doing once again this season.
Friday 11th August – Premier League : Arsenal 19:45 Leicester City on SKY Sports
Saturday 19th August – Premier League : Stoke City 17:30 Arsenal on BT Sport
Sunday 27th August – Premier League : Liverpool 16:00 Arsenal on SKY Sports
Saturday 9th September – Premier League : Arsenal 15:00 Bournemouth
Sunday 17th September – Premier League : Chelsea 13:30 Arsenal on SKY Sports
Monday 25th September – Premier League : Arsenal 20:00 West Bromwich Albion on SKY Sports
Sunday 1st October – Premier League : Arsenal 12:00 Brighton and Hove Albion on BT Sport