Premier League Fixtures Announced

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Arsenal will open the 2009-10 Premiership season by visiting Everton at Goodison Park on August 15th and conclude the league campaign by hosting Fulham on May 9th, as the initial list of Premiership fixtures has been announced by the league this Wednesday morning.

The first league match of the season at Emirates Stadium looks to be a visit by Portsmouth on August 22, as the Gunners’ earlier, midweek league encounter on the schedule will have to be moved due to Arsenal’s Champions League commitments at the time.

The Gunners’ North London derbies with rivals Tottenham will take place at Emirates Stadium on October 31 and at White Hart Lane on April 10.

The first of the matchups between England’s “Big Four” will take place before the end of August, when the Gunners visit Manchester United at Old Trafford on Agust 29th. The return fixture with Arsenal hosting the three-time champion Red Devils is set for January 30th.

That fixture will mark the start of a tough period in the league very early in 2010 for Arsenal, scheduled for successive matches against the other three teams from last season’s top four. In the space of 10 days, the Gunners will host Manchester United (on January 30th) then visit Chelsea (for a February 6 match) before returning to the Emirates to battle Liverpool (on February 9th).

This initial fixture list is a draft lift and is subject to change, according to the Premier League, and does not yet take into account games selected for television (expected to be announced before the end of June).

In fact (as noted above), one Arsenal match will already have to be rescheduled, as the August 18th home date with Bolton will have to be postponed, as the Gunners will be involved in the UEFA Champions League qualifying round that midweek.

The following is a list of Arsenal’s fixtures for the 2009-10 season, taken from the club’s official site at arsenal.com, and including dates for Champions League matches and domestic Cup competition encounters.

August
Sat Aug 15 at Everton
Aug 18/19 UEFA Champions League play-off round (first leg)
Sat Aug 22 vs. Portsmouth
Aug 25/26 UEFA Champions League Play-off round (second leg)
Sat Aug 29 at Manchester United

September
Sat Sep 12 at Manchester City
Sep 15/16 UEFA Champions League Matchday 1
Sat Sep 19 vs. Wigan Athletic
Wed Sep 23 Carling Cup 3rd round
Sat Sep 26 at Fulham
Sep 29/30 UEFA Champions League Matchday 2

October
Sat Oct 3 vs. Blackburn Rovers
Sat Oct 17 vs. Birmingham City
Oct 20/21 UEFA Champions League Matchday 3
Sat Oct 24 at West Ham United
Wed Oct 28 Carling Cup 4th round
Sat Oct 31 vs. Tottenham Hotspur

November
Nov 3/4 UEFA Champions League Matchday 4
Sat Nov 7 at Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sat Nov 21 at Sunderland
Nov 24/25 UEFA Champions League Matchday 5
Sat Nov 28 vs. Chelsea

December
Wed Dec 2 Carling Cup 5th round
Sat Dec 5 vs. Stoke City
Dec 8/9 UEFA Champions League Matchday 6
Sat Dec 12 at Liverpool
Tue Dec 15 at Burnley
Sat Dec 19 vs. Hull City
Sat Dec 26 vs. Aston Villa
Mon Dec 28 at Portsmouth

January
Sat Jan 2 F.A. Cup 3rd round
Wed Jan 6 Carling Cup Semi-Final (first leg)
Sat Jan 9 vs. Everton
Sat Jan 16 at Bolton Wanderers
Wed Jan 20 Carling Cup Semi-Final (second leg)
Sat Jan 23 F.A. Cup 4th round
Wed Jan 27 at Aston Villa
Sat Jan 30 vs. Manchester United

February
Sat Feb 6 at Chelsea
Tue Feb 9 vs. Liverpool
Sat Feb 13 F.A. Cup 5th round
Feb 16/17/23/24 UEFA Champions League Knockout Round (first leg)
Sat Feb 20 vs. Sunderland
Sat Feb 27 at Stoke City
Sun Feb 28 Carling Cup Final

March
Sat Mar 6 vs. Burnley (also F.A. Cup 6th round)
Mar 9/10/16/17 UEFA Champions League Knockout Round (2nd leg)
Sat Mar 13 at Hull City
Sat Mar 20 vs. West Ham United
Sat Mar 27 at Birmingham City
Mar 30/31 UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final (first leg)

April
Sat Apr 3 vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Apr 6/7 UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final (second leg)
Sat Apr 10 at Tottenham Hotspur (also F.A. Cup Semi-Final)
Sat Apr 17 at Wigan Athletic
Apr 20/21 UEFA Champions League Semi-Final (first leg)
Sat Apr 24 vs. Manchester City
Apr 27/28 UEFA Champions League Semi-Final (second leg)

May
Sat May 1 at Blackburn Rovers
Sun May 9 vs. Fulham
Sat May 15 F.A. Cup Final
Sat May 22 UEFA Champions League Final

To be Arranged:
Bolton Wanderers (home match from August 18)

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