Only a few weeks till the season begins!

If you can’t wait for Arsenal to start playing some footie again then don’t worry because the first friendly of the pre-season is nearly upon us. In a bout 3 weeks rsenal kick off against Barnet, the traditonal Arsenal pre-season friendly at Underhill.

Then there’s a few European friendlies, the Emirates Cup – Juventus, Real and Hamburg and then the Amsterdam Tournament too.

Arsenal Pre-Season Fixtures

19 Sat Friendly A Barnet 3pm
22 Tue Friendly A Szombathelyi H.6.30pm CET
28 Mon Friendly A Burgenland XI 6.30pm CET
30 Wed Friendly A VfB Stuttgart TBA

2 Sat Emirates Cup H Juventus 4.15pm SS1
3 Sun Emirates Cup H Real Madrid 4.15pm SS1
6 Wed Friendly A Huddersfield 7pm
8 Fri Amsterdam Tournament A Ajax 8.15pm SS1
9 Sat Amsterdam Tournament N Sevilla

Hopefully we’ll see apperances from Ramsey and Vela and one or two new faces possibly as well!

Arsenal fixture list released

The Arsenal fixture list for 2008 – 2009 has been released, starting with a home game against newly promoted West Brom. They were never a classy team during their previous spells in the Premiership, but their form in last season’s Championship and FA Cup suggests to me that they might be a little better this time around, a high scoring team but defensively questionable.

A foreseeable problem is that away games surrounding the earlier Champions League matches like a fog, and this caused Arsenal problems last season. The team dropped points in similar matches – remember Wigan, or Middlesbrough?

The season might also have an interesting finale, the last 6 games include Liverpool away, Chelsea at home and Man Utd away. This is similar to last season, and those late games were devastating. The squad will hopefully learn from their experience last season, come back as a better team, and keep their concentration.