Arsenal announcement could have detrimental impact on key figure - TBR View
Arsenal saw their 2021/22 fixtures released this morning and it’s fair to say that for boss Mikel Arteta they could have been kinder.
The Gunners begin with a tough-looking away trip to Brentford. It’s the second season running Arsenal travel to a newly-promoted side for the first game.
Back in August they made the short trip to Fulham and ran out 3-0 winners in the September sunshine.
The Bees are to play Premier League football for the first time next season and they’ll be bang up for the game.
If that game is tricky the next two look truly thankless from a Gunners perspective.
First, Arsenal face the Champions of Europe, Chelsea in the Emirates Stadium curtain-raiser.
The Gunners did the double over the Blues last season. Under Thomas Tuchel, however, they’ll be considerably stronger next season.
After that Arsenal visit Manchester City and once again that looks like a lost cause if recent trips there are anything to go by.
A bit of respite is on the horizon next for Arsenal. Norwich City arrive in North London and that has to go down as a winable game.
Burnley at Turf Moor is next on the cards. Arsenal failed to beat the Clarets last season, losing at home and drawing away.
If a substantial points total isn’t amassed by this point of the campaign, Arteta could already find himself under pressure.
Spurs could then really stick the boot into the Spaniard as Tottenham head to the Emirates for the first North London derby of the season.
Arteta at Arsenal: First six fixtures make or break for the boss
There was a period during last season where Arsenal went seven games without securing a win.
That saw plenty of Arsenal fans ask the club to consider parting with Arteta.
He did manage to win them round, although finishing eighth has seen the jury remain out on the Spaniard.
The Gunners will want to be pushing for at the very least a top-six place next season – if not the top four.
As a result, it’s imperative that Arteta gets off to a good start during 2021/22.
The fixture computer hasn’t been kind to the Gunners and Arteta faces a make or break period at the Emirates Stadium.