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Arsenal Travel To Liverpool On Opening Day

It's that time of summer that every football fan is usually waiting for with baited breath, it's the announcement of the fixtures for the 2010/11 season.

This year of course, we've had the World Cup to hold our attention, so it's kind of crept up on us a little bit, but fixture list releasement day is the first hint of club football in what usually are long drawn out summers.

In the 2010/11 title challenge (note the pre-season confidence there) Arsenal will begin their campaign at away to Liverpool. The Gunners emerged victorious at Anfield last season and will be hoping to emulate that fantastic 2-1 result.

After being 1-0 down at half time, Arsene Wenger famously blasted the Gunners players claiming they 'weren't fit to wear the shirt'. Arsenal came out firing in the second half and an own goal from Glen Johnson and a goal from Anfield's favorite Gooner, Andrei Arshavin saw Arsenal make a remarkable come back.

The Gunners will also face a tricky tie against at home to Chelsea over the Christmas period, and will tackle the newly Champions Leagueised Tottenham Hotspur in the first North London derby in the month of November.

You will of course remember that the tight-wads at the FA refuse to allow any website to publish the full season fixture list without paying a 270,432.27p tax, and of course this is an absolute travesty that an independent network like Vital Football simply can't afford, so I'll point you in the direction of for the full set matches.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday June 17 2010

Time: 9:06AM

Your Comments

Tough opener but at least it gets everyone's minds focused from the off. And this season we don't have to play a CL play-off. Let's hope we go there with a few new signings to lift everyone.
Fulham away last. Considering the quality of the pubs round there, I couldn't think of a better place to toast the title.
Little Dutch
Now now Little Dutch, be realistic, that will be spurs on home turf against Birmingham :-)
RealDanger, hopefully the title will have been won by then so we can rest players for the CL final :-)
Jimmy the Saint
Would that be before or after you turned the x box off?
Little Dutch
5 of our group games are followed by tough away matches: at Sunderland on Sept 18, Chelsea on October 2, Manchester City on October 23, Aston Villa on November 27 and Manchester United on December 11. That's not good news.
Little Dutch
I am guessing you are a playstation man then LD?
No big deal.We only need Arshavin to be fit
LD - Should Spurs qualify for the Champions League group stage, 5 of our 6 group games are followed by a home fixture.
I'm strictly a laptop man, better resolution when I'm watching porn. Did you look at how your fixtures tot up with the Europa League group stages? You know, just in case :-)
Little Dutch
LD - this is a family site. tut tut. No I didn't but I'll be bloody annoyed if we end up playing half our games on a sunday because of it. Out of interest. Do you think we will make it?
5 away fixtures after CL games? Who picks these fixtures ... seriously. FFS.
In truth, I think it very likely Spurs will make it. There's only about 2 maximum 3 teams I could see seriously threatening you over 2 legs. The majority of the sides at that stage are of a standard of lower half Premiership sides. If you faced Wigan over 2 legs, you'd expect to beat them. (Particularly if you win your home leg 9-1). But if you get unlucky in the draw, it might be nervy. However, I couldn't see Tottenham getting through the group stage and I think that would effect your league campaign. It took us and United a good few years to get used to playing those midweek games then coming back for the bread and butter 3 days later and Spurs won't adjust to it straight away I don't think. I think it's important for you guys to a) focus on winning your qualifer and b) making sure you get 4th again next year. If you get knocked out in the group stages but get 4th in the league again, regard it as a good building block.
Little Dutch
Arshavin had better be fit and ready for this game. Here's hoping he causes the Scousers yet even more pain. Just hope we dont lose this. Would be a horrible way to start the season, losing at Anfield. Hope the Scousers are still in disarray come the beginning of the season.
LD, I agree wholeheartedly. Would be delighted just to be there. Based on co-efficients and rankings our most likely opponents are Fenerbahce, Kiev, Auxerre, Sampdoria or Sporting Braga. By no means a given. If we do get through, i will be delighted to get walloped by Barca or whoever home and away, so long as we can challenge for the 4th spot again. What are your hopes and expectations for Arsenal?
'5 of our group games are followed by tough away matches' -- Those matches are bull*****! That's just disrespect from the FA.
At least there's not a string of consecutive ********s like last year. There's a couple of tough patches but not all in one go. Our last three home games could be important!
Agree with LD, its a pretty good prediction of how our season will pan out. I still believe we are the 4th best team in the country so that has to be the aim. A top 6 finish and qualification from the group stage would also be a successful season. We have to go for 4th again, Liverpool are still in turmoil and i dont see Villa doing better than 64 points again next season. Its what happens at City and possibly even at Everton that could shape our season.
As for you guys, much of it depends on Fabregas. If he comes out and pledges his future to you & Wenger signs a couple of gems then you could go all the way or at least push Chelsea very far. Unlike the Henry situation when he left it freed your younger players to take the mantle and you had a good (trophyless, but none the less decent) season. If Cesc left you, especially near the end of the window then sticking my neck out, id say you were in for a troublesome season with Ramseys injury comeback likely to be lengthy. Fabregas is awesome, it would be like Henry leaving you in 2002 as opposed to 2006.
My expectations for us are the same as usual, have a good go at the league and the CL and see what happens. I'd like to see the team get something of a monkey off its back by winning one of the domestic cups. A lot of Gooners moan about our apporach to the F.A. Cup but forget that we got to the semis a year ago and were narrowly beaten by Chelsea with several key players missing. Last season we got some nasty draws in the domestic cups, I fancy us to get a kinder run this time around. The kind of domestic cup draws Chelsea seem to get every year without fail would be nice.
Little Dutch
Tough start; but no complaints as that will mean all engines are on GO!from the start. Here's wishing us a fantastic season.
Don't knock the Carling Cup gooners! ANY trophy is a must next season!
Clive 49

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