BREAKING: Arsenal next five Premier League fixtures compared to Chelsea, Tottenham and Man City
The Gunners will face some tough tests when they return to action after the international break with a north London derby on the horizon
Arsenal players celebrate.
Arsenal are top of the table after seven games.
Arsenal are heading into the first international break of the season at the top of the Premier League table. It’s a stark contrast to last season, where the Gunners were bottom of the league, without a single point, at the stage of the first international break.
Mikel Arteta’s side have accumulated 18 points from their opening seven matches, with defeat at Manchester United earlier this month the only time they’ve tasted defeat. The Gunners’ 3-0 win over Brentford on Sunday saw Arsenal climb to the top of the table after being temporarily knocked off.
After the international break, the Gunners have some tough tests on the horizon, so football.london have taken a look at Arsenal’s next five fixtures and compared them to Chelsea’s, Tottenham’s and Manchester City’s.
Tottenham (H) – October 1
Arsenal return from the international break with a north London derby at home to Tottenham. Just one point currently separates the teams, with Spurs one of just two teams yet to taste defeat in their first seven Premier League matches.
The Gunners won the fixture 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium last season, although a 3-0 defeat in the reverse game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium ultimately proved costly in Arsenal missing out on a top four spot.
Liverpool (H) – October 9
Arteta’s side follow up the north London derby with another tough test against Liverpool. The Reds have endured a tough start to the season with nine points accumulated from their first six matches. Aside from their 9-0 thrashing of AFC Bournemouth, Jurgen Klopp’s side are yet to hit top gear.
Arsenal have a dismal record against Liverpool, with the Champions League finalists running out 2-0 winners at the Emirates last term thanks to goals from Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino.
Leeds United (A) – October 16
The Gunners’ first league away trip of October is to Yorkshire to face Leeds. Managed by the charismatic Jesse Marsch, the Whites started the season in sensational form – with a 3-0 win over Chelsea the highlight of their campaign so far – but they are winless in their last three games.
The win over Chelsea proves that Leeds’ high-pressing, high-tempo style can be enough to beat any team. The Gunners won 4-1 at Elland Road last season.
Southampton (A) – October 23
The Saints have had an indifferent start to the season with two wins, one draw and four losses from their opening seven games. Arsenal will be heavy favourites for the game, but they did lose at St Mary’s last season, with Jan Bednarek scoring the only goal of the match.
The Gunners loaned Ainsley Maitland-Niles to Southampton on deadline day and he will be ineligible for the game.
Nottingham Forest (H) – October 30
A home game against Nottingham Forest will mark the end of a hectic month for Arsenal, where they play nine games in all competitions. The newly-promoted side have struggled on their return to the Premier League with just one win from seven matches, and they’ve lost home matches against fellow promoted sides AFC Bournemouth and Fulham.
This will be the first Premier League meeting between Arsenal and Forest in 23 years, but the Gunners were beaten at the City Ground last season in the FA Cup third round while failing to register a shot on target.
Chelsea’s next five fixtures:
Crystal Palace (A) – October 1
Wolves (H) – October 8
Aston Villa (A) – October 16
Brentford (A) – October 19
Manchester United (H) – October 22
Tottenham’s next five fixtures:
Arsenal (A) – October 1
Brighton (A) – October 8
Everton (H) – October 15
Manchester United (A) – October 19
Newcastle United (H) – October 23
Manchester City’s next five fixtures:
Manchester United (H) – October 2
Southampton (A) – October 8
Liverpool (A) – October 16
Brighton (H) – October 22
Leicester City (A) – October 29