Two weeks after suffering Europa League final heartbreak in the hands of Chelsea, Premier League fixtures for the 2019/20 season have been released and Arsenal have been handed a tricky start with matches against Burnley, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur to come after visiting Newcastle United on the opening weekend.
Arsenal will travel to St. James’ Park to face the Magpies, who are reportedly about to have a new owner, on August 11 before hosting Burnley on August 17.
The Gunners then end the month of August with a trip to Anfield where the reigning European champions await them before the first north-London derby against Spurs takes place on August 31 at the Emirates Stadium.
Fans of the Gunners will have to wait until the final game of 2019 for the chance to see their team try gaining revenge against Chelsea in the Premier League, seven months after falling 4-1 to the Blues in the Europa League final.
Goals in the second half from former Arsenal striker, Olivier Giroud, Pedro and a brace from Eden Hazard, who has since signed for Real Madrid, condemned Arsenal to a third loss in a major European cup final.
The match against the Blues will take place at the Emirates Stadium on December 28, though, fans of both clubs will not have to wait as long to face each other again as the London derby’s return fixture takes place on 22 January 2020 at Stamford Bridge.
Against other teams in the Big Six, Unai Emery’s Arsenal are scheduled to face arch-rivals, Manchester United, on September 28 at Old Trafford with the return fixture scheduled for New Year’s Day in 2020.
The Gunners are scheduled to first face double-defending champions, Manchester City on December 14 at the Emirates Stadium although that date is subject to change due to Arsenal’s participation in the Europa League. Regardless, Arsenal will visit City in the return fixture on February 29.
Arsenal’s first meeting with one of the newly promoted teams is scheduled for September 21 at home to Aston Villa, with a visit to Sheffield United slated for October 19 while Championship winners, Norwich, will host the Gunners on November 30.
In 2020, Sheffield United visit the Emirates Stadium on January 18 before Norwich come visiting north London on April 4.
Arsenal’s games against the newly-promoted teams end when they visit Villa on the penultimate weekend of the season, with a clash against Watford at home taking place on the final weekend of the season on 17 May 2020.
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