Arsenal’s opening day Premier League fixture against Leicester will now be played on a Friday night.
- Fixture has been moved to Friday, 11 August for TV coverage
- The game will kick off at 19:45
Arsenal and Leicester have been given the honour of opening the new Premier League season on a Friday night.
Sky Sports and BT Sports have made their first selection of live TV games and, as ever, have managed to infuriate at least one set of fans.
— Premier League (@premierleague) July 6, 2017
The fixtures were always subject to change as the broadcasters had their way with the fixture list. Nonetheless, a Friday night game isn’t the easiest for people to attend, especially the travelling Leicester fans.
It’ll also be weird seeing the Premier League season kick off during sunset and during the August sunshine.
Arsenal may also be concerned about the game being just five days after their Community Shield game against Chelsea. One less day of preparation won’t help Arsenal overturn what is a pretty dismal opening day record.