The Premier League is well underway now, and fans have been able to catch a glimpse of how the Gunners may perform throughout the season. However, while Unai Emery’s side have opened up a campaign with two wins out of two, there will still be fans of Arsenal TV claiming that there is some still some way to go.
Those fans would have a point, and no honours are handed out after two weeks of the season, but betting companies have already slashed the odds on Arsenal finishing in the top four after a strong start and a successful summer of business. For punters looking for a new website to bet with, we use sites like www.freebetinfo.cuk to help us choose who to bet with, and here punters will able to find the best odds on all upcoming fixtures. But, which games will be particularly vital as the Gunners target a return to the Champions League?
Manchester United vs Arsenal (30th September)
The first big game of the season after the international break will see the Gunners travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United. The two sides will likely be locked in battle throughout the season for a place in the top four, and the game will be an important early marker in the season for Emery to see how his side are performing. A win in this fixture would be huge for the Gunners as it would show a clear sign of progression and would undoubtedly give the club a lift heading into a tough run of fixtures. It would be no easy achievement, however, as Arsenal haven’t won at Old Trafford in the league since 2008. That just highlights how significant a first win at United for eleven years would be.
Arsenal vs Chelsea (28th December)
The fixture computer hasn’t been generous to the Gunners over the festive period, but the most important of all these fixtures in terms of the battle for a place in the top four would be when Chelsea come to the Emirates. Emery’s side would have played Manchester City, Everton and Bournemouth away in the weeks leading up to this fixture, and it will be crucial that the Gunners maintain their form over this vital period of the season. It would also be more significant as it will be likely that the Blues are also in contention for a top-four spot and any win for Arsenal would reduce Frank Lampard’s chances of achieving that goal as well as improving the Gunners’ chances.
Tottenham Hotspurs vs Arsenal (25th April)
The second North London derby of the season comes just weeks before the last weekend. This means that it is imperative that the Gunners win the game at the New Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. At this stage of the season, every point is crucial, and if the Gunners need a win to take their battle for the top four, then it could be argued that this will be the biggest game of the season altogether. It will also be the first derby to be played at their new stadium, and it would be a perfect chance for the Gunners to put a marker down for a period of sustained dominance on their patch.