Five Key Matches
v Liverpool (H) on August 14
Arsenal need to put a marker down to their rivals and anything less than a win against Liverpool will have fans baying for Arsene Wenger’s blood, even if it’s their opening game of the season.
v Chelsea (H) on September 25
Since the inception of the Premier League Arsenal have only beaten Chelsea four times out of 25 games. Fans will not be impressed by another loss.
v Manchester United (A) on November 20
Arsenal haven’t won at Old Trafford since September 2006. They will look to avenge last season’s 3-2 away loss to Manchester United, especially as they were two points behind Leicester City, and on the back of that defeat saw the title slip away.
v West Ham (A) on December 4
Last season their London rivals took four points off their title challenge and the trip to West Ham’s new home at the 60,000-seat Olympic Stadium will be an occasion to savour.
v Tottenham Hotspur (A) on April 30
Arsenal’s week 35 clash with Spurs looms as a possible title decider and a win here could seal the fate or fortune of either side at this point in the season.
SBS Host Lucy Zelic's Prediction: 3rd
Despite a second place finish last season, the feeling was that Arsenal underachieved once again. Arsene Wenger has improved his squad with the acquisition of Granit Xhaka but with no major reinforcements in defence or attack it could be another case of close but no cigar.