Arsenal's 7-year itch to end their barren trophy run will see them needing to overcome two rather challenging months in September and January as was indicative in the Premier League fixture list that was released earlier today. The Gunners play the tricky trio of new league champions Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool in both sets of months, which could well have a massive bearing on the outcome of their 2012-13 season.
The Gunners start off against a decent Sunderland side at home on the opening day, 18th August. That is followed by a dangerous trip to the Britannia stadium to face Stoke, who are sure to put up a battle always. A tough September starts with Arsenal's visit to Anfield. The FA kept up the tradition of making sure the two teams meet up early in a season, having faced each other in the second fixture last year and on the opening day the year before. A relatively easy home fixture against newcomers Southampton is the only consolation as difficult back to back games follow, which starts with a trip to the Premier League Champions to be followed by London rival Chelsea's visit.