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First up is West Brom!

There was a time when you didn't know who Arsenal were playing until you got to the gate to pay your money to get through the turnstiles. Now the full fixture list is poured over in eager anticipation by those determined to second guess the pattern of the whole season ahead.

The event is heralded by blogosphere promising to get as close as they can to being first out with the information with much the same enthusiasm and fanfare as a docklands winebar serving the first of the Beaujolais Nouvelle.

At least it promises land ahead. Adrift in a sea of ever confused and fanciful transfer stories - where newspapers in England post the rumours listed in Spanish newspapers which are in turn published as Italian newspaper inventions which are in turn published in Spanish newspapers which are amplified in English papers and so on and so on - at least the fixture list shows us that one day real football will begin again.

Anyway, first up is home to newly promoted West Brom on the 16th August followed by away to Fulham and home to Newcastle. Not too bad a start methinks.

We get to face the first of the big three when ManU come to the Emirates in November and three of the last six games include games against ManU, Liverpool and Chelsea. We should be so far ahead by then that we could probably freewheel those ones.

Real football - bring it on!



Full list of fixtures available at Arsenal.com




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The Journalist

Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday June 16 2008

Time: 10:26AM

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"three of the last six games include games against ManU, Liverpool and Chelsea" - remember the old days when they used to pretend the fixture list wasn't totally rigged to try and create a 'narrative' for the season, or to help TV company's sell their 'Super Sunday's? Ah, we were young and innocent then.
Moorish
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16/06/2008 10:32:00

"three of the last six games include games against ManU, Liverpool and Chelsea" - remember the old days when they used to pretend the fixture list wasn't totally rigged to try and create a 'narrative' for the season, or to help TV company's sell their 'Super Sunday's? Ah, we were young and innocent then.
Moorish
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16/06/2008 10:32:00

Good fixture list for Arsenal. There will no excuses if we dont start well.
prits
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16/06/2008 10:42:00

Good fixture list for Arsenal. There will no excuses if we dont start well.
prits
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16/06/2008 10:42:00

We have got Newcastle (H), Pompey (A), Fulham (H), Liverpool (A), Chelsea (A) as our FIRST FIVE FIXTURES!!!!
united4life
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16/06/2008 11:25:00

We have got Newcastle (H), Pompey (A), Fulham (H), Liverpool (A), Chelsea (A) as our FIRST FIVE FIXTURES!!!!
united4life
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16/06/2008 11:25:00

I am very happy with our schedule. We should be able to get off to a great start, and by not playing the rest of the big 4 a second time till the last six games could very well help us too.
gunnerkid107
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16/06/2008 13:05:00

I am very happy with our schedule. We should be able to get off to a great start, and by not playing the rest of the big 4 a second time till the last six games could very well help us too.
gunnerkid107
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16/06/2008 13:05:00

totally agree Moorish. The d(r)aft reeks...
G4L
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16/06/2008 13:12:00

totally agree Moorish. The d(r)aft reeks...
G4L
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16/06/2008 13:12:00

This wont be an easy first game, West Brom will still have the winning mentality and the former Boro players around the club will ensure it is a toughee ;)
marron
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16/06/2008 13:31:00

This wont be an easy first game, West Brom will still have the winning mentality and the former Boro players around the club will ensure it is a toughee ;)
marron
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16/06/2008 13:31:00

Why do you guys always get home games first? moorish you're right the fixture list is rigged.
shedboy1
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16/06/2008 14:10:00

Why do you guys always get home games first? moorish you're right the fixture list is rigged.
shedboy1
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16/06/2008 14:10:00

I like the fixtures and think we can use it to our advantage to player man u later rather than earlier... i am sure the lessons from last season are well learnt
TeamSpirit
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16/06/2008 14:45:00

I like the fixtures and think we can use it to our advantage to player man u later rather than earlier... i am sure the lessons from last season are well learnt
TeamSpirit
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16/06/2008 14:45:00

Three of the last six games look very interesting if you are all fighting it out for the title.
dazza71
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16/06/2008 15:30:00

Three of the last six games look very interesting if you are all fighting it out for the title.
dazza71
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16/06/2008 15:30:00

And yet again you lot start of with an easy opener at home! (Whoever or whatever does these fixtures must be a biased Ar5ena1 fan!)
BrooksySpurs
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16/06/2008 16:19:00

And yet again you lot start of with an easy opener at home! (Whoever or whatever does these fixtures must be a biased Ar5ena1 fan!)
BrooksySpurs
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16/06/2008 16:19:00

If we make it to the latter stages of the Champs League, it means we're going to have another tough run-in like we did this year.
Gooner_Vin
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16/06/2008 17:27:00

If we make it to the latter stages of the Champs League, it means we're going to have another tough run-in like we did this year.
Gooner_Vin
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16/06/2008 17:27:00

If I might be mistaken but the Fulham away game will be postponed because of our invlovement in the CL qualifers. Its usually the second game of the season isnt it?
gunnerkid107
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16/06/2008 18:31:00

If I might be mistaken but the Fulham away game will be postponed because of our invlovement in the CL qualifers. Its usually the second game of the season isnt it?
gunnerkid107
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16/06/2008 18:31:00

BrooksySpuds, if you started with WBA at home you'd STILL say it was rigged- not fair Spuds have to play a fellow relegation battler straight away!
elbondo
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16/06/2008 19:11:00

BrooksySpuds, if you started with WBA at home you'd STILL say it was rigged- not fair Spuds have to play a fellow relegation battler straight away!
elbondo
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16/06/2008 19:11:00

Yep, sky have had their mits on this one! But I'm hapy about facing all the big guns last. You have to beat those teams anyway and you might as well do it when there's no time for them to recover as we draw 1-1 at home to every team in the bottom half (except Spurs).
Little Dutch
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16/06/2008 19:15:00

Yep, sky have had their mits on this one! But I'm hapy about facing all the big guns last. You have to beat those teams anyway and you might as well do it when there's no time for them to recover as we draw 1-1 at home to every team in the bottom half (except Spurs).
Little Dutch
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16/06/2008 19:15:00

Yes Brooksy, the fixtures are always rigged in our favour. Like when we played Liverpool 3 times, Chelsea, Bolton and Man united away in the space of 20 days in april. Also United4life its good to get your tough away fixtures out the way before christmas i would think.
paul_ownz
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16/06/2008 19:26:00

Yes Brooksy, the fixtures are always rigged in our favour. Like when we played Liverpool 3 times, Chelsea, Bolton and Man united away in the space of 20 days in april. Also United4life its good to get your tough away fixtures out the way before christmas i would think.
paul_ownz
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16/06/2008 19:26:00

we should be god to go and no stopping this time around!will be dissapointing if we dont get max points out of the 1st 4games!
the arsenal
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16/06/2008 20:44:00

we should be god to go and no stopping this time around!will be dissapointing if we dont get max points out of the 1st 4games!
the arsenal
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16/06/2008 20:44:00

Just what we needed. We were off to a great start last season, and part of that was because of the fixture list: Fulham (H), Blackburn (A), Pompey (H) weret he first three games. Hopefully we can start like we did last season; there's no reason why we can't. If I was a united fan, I'd worry. If they lose Ronaldo they'll be a big gap in quality and with all these stupid tournaments they're entering because they won the CL, they'll be overloaded with fixtures. My pr-season prediction is that Untied will be out of the title race before they face us at Old Trafford, and that we'll have another thrillign season ahead. Come on you Gunners!
super_gooner
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16/06/2008 20:49:00

Just what we needed. We were off to a great start last season, and part of that was because of the fixture list: Fulham (H), Blackburn (A), Pompey (H) weret he first three games. Hopefully we can start like we did last season; there's no reason why we can't. If I was a united fan, I'd worry. If they lose Ronaldo they'll be a big gap in quality and with all these stupid tournaments they're entering because they won the CL, they'll be overloaded with fixtures. My pr-season prediction is that Untied will be out of the title race before they face us at Old Trafford, and that we'll have another thrillign season ahead. Come on you Gunners!
super_gooner
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16/06/2008 20:49:00

Lucky thing with your fixtures (well, look at ours). As a United fan, I really think you have a big chance to win the league, as your players are far more experienced. I wish you all the best. Obviously I hope United win the league, but I just have this sneaky feeling that Arsneal could go all the way...
Man utd champions
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17/06/2008 16:45:00

Lucky thing with your fixtures (well, look at ours). As a United fan, I really think you have a big chance to win the league, as your players are far more experienced. I wish you all the best. Obviously I hope United win the league, but I just have this sneaky feeling that Arsneal could go all the way...
Man utd champions
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17/06/2008 16:45:00

got a bad feeling tottenham will pip us for a champ league spot if berbatov stays because that modric and gio do santos are great players. Also us losing flamini and most likely hleb is hard on us, so i feel we wil be close with our rivals afraid to say
j dog
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17/06/2008 18:57:00

got a bad feeling tottenham will pip us for a champ league spot if berbatov stays because that modric and gio do santos are great players. Also us losing flamini and most likely hleb is hard on us, so i feel we wil be close with our rivals afraid to say
j dog
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17/06/2008 18:57:00

i will be happy to wager you big money they dont J dog
paul_ownz
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17/06/2008 19:40:00

i will be happy to wager you big money they dont J dog
paul_ownz
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17/06/2008 19:40:00

ha ha j dog is a spud, like we didnt know!!!!!!!!!
I_HATE_SPURS
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17/06/2008 22:50:00

ha ha j dog is a spud, like we didnt know!!!!!!!!!
I_HATE_SPURS
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17/06/2008 22:50:00

super_gooner - Preseason predictions or things you THINK will happen are pointless and will leave you biting your tongue when the season finally takes its stage. Arsenal fans are understandably confident about title victory thanks to last season but Flamini was a BIG part of that, don't forget. Arsenal's best chance was last year and they let it slip. Could be another long year for the gooners...
ForeverUnited
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18/06/2008 03:17:00

super_gooner - Preseason predictions or things you THINK will happen are pointless and will leave you biting your tongue when the season finally takes its stage. Arsenal fans are understandably confident about title victory thanks to last season but Flamini was a BIG part of that, don't forget. Arsenal's best chance was last year and they let it slip. Could be another long year for the gooners...
ForeverUnited
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18/06/2008 03:17:00

we shall see!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I_HATE_SPURS
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18/06/2008 09:35:00

we shall see!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I_HATE_SPURS
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18/06/2008 09:35:00

ForeverUnited- Flamini was not a big part of that, it was Wenger who MADE him a big part of last season. With Arsene in charge, i say "Step up, the next great Arsenal revelation!"
julieloveshenry4ever
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18/06/2008 09:59:00

ForeverUnited- Flamini was not a big part of that, it was Wenger who MADE him a big part of last season. With Arsene in charge, i say "Step up, the next great Arsenal revelation!"
julieloveshenry4ever
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18/06/2008 09:59:00

"We get to face the first of the big three when ManU come to the Emirates in November and three of the last six games include games against ManU, Liverpool and Chelsea. We should be so far ahead by then that we could probably freewheel those ones." LOL,
Blue is the colour
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18/06/2008 21:08:00

"We get to face the first of the big three when ManU come to the Emirates in November and three of the last six games include games against ManU, Liverpool and Chelsea. We should be so far ahead by then that we could probably freewheel those ones." LOL,
Blue is the colour
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18/06/2008 21:08:00

Wasn't Ronaldo "a big part of" ManU's success last year too? And where will he be I wonder?
Lou the Gunneress
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19/06/2008 03:09:00

Wasn't Ronaldo "a big part of" ManU's success last year too? And where will he be I wonder?
Lou the Gunneress
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19/06/2008 03:09:00

 

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