The Premier League fixtures come out shortly, so we thought we’d take a look at Arsenal’s opening fixtures in recent seasons…
1. For a club with such vast resources, excellent personnel and valuable Premier League experience, Arsenal have a dreadful record on the opening day of the season.
Since the Premier League was formed in 1992, Arsenal have failed to win in 12 of their 25 opening day matches.
Worse still, from 2010 till now, Arsenal have won once in their opening fixture.
Considering Arsenal finished one point behind Liverpool this season, the club that poignantly beat them on the opening day of the season – then it’s easy to see how devastating the opening day result can be.
Although Arsenal can swallow the potential £50million loss from Champions League revenue, the opening day defeat to Liverpool has damaged the club’s ability to recruit this summer.
A quick look back over recent years exposes a worrying trend in Arsenal’s maiden day fixtures…