The Premier League fixtures for the new season have been released and Arsenal face a number of tough periods.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Arsenal’s L to R facing camera Jose Antonio Reyes,Robert Pires,Edu and Thierry Henry celebrates winning the 2003/2004 Football Premier League after drawing 2-2 with Tottenham during their Premier League clash at White Hart Lane in north London, 25 April 2004. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN

Liverpool followed by Spurs in August in games 3 and 4, Chelsea followed by Manchester United at New Year, Spurs followed by Liverpool at the end of April.

And that’s before you even factor in the Europa League.

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Fixtures are, of course, subject to change for TV but the weekend’s first round of matches will play out like this, with Arsenal facing Newcastle on the Sunday as we settle in for another round of Sunday – Thursday – Sunday hilarity: