It seems to be the same question ahead of every Premier league season and whether Arsenal can finish within the top four and ultimately get back into the all-important Champions league. The current betting odds has the side at a general 11/2, which really gives an idea of the slump of Arsenal in recent years and overall, how competitive the top four battle is each season. This conquestador casino review can be found here and this platform is offering this and other Premier league markets that are proving popular amongst fans prior to the season getting started. You now have to go back to the 2015/16 season where Arsenal did finish in the top four and this was a second placed finish behind surprise winners Leicester City but since it has certainly been seasons of frustration for the side.
Looking at last season for example and it turned out to be a very poor season from Arsenal, with many of the leading players in the squad failing to fire and having a clear dip in form, which ultimately led to the finishing position of the side. Arsenal finished 8th of the 20 sides and were just six points from finishing in the bottom half of the table. This is so far behind what would be expected from the side, as they were really looking to build on a positive finish to the previous season. Arsenal finished with 61 points from their 38 matches played, that included 18 wins, seven draws and a further 13 losses. This performance is why they are the odds of 11/2 to finish in the top four, but they still have many quality players, so they will be hoping they can defy these odds and get back to Champion’s league football, through a top four finish.
The big question now is how the side will perform next season and much of this could come down to how and if they investment is being made to the squad. Ben White continues to be a player that appears to be heading to the Emirates stadium and it now does look like it is a question of when, despite Chelsea joining the chase for the exciting 23 year old. Arsenal had also been reported to be in for Sergio Ramos, but this looks off the cards, as he is rumoured to have agreed terms with Paris Saint-Germain, since he left Real Madrid. Another two players who appear to have a solid chance of joining Arsenal are Nuno Tarares of Benfica and Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambia Lakonga. Hopefully both signings can be wrapped up and it would then look like a potential exciting season ahead for Arsenal.
Arsenal will start their 2021/22 Premier League campaign away at newcomers Brentford on Friday August 14, live on Sky Sports.
Mikel Arteta’s side, who finished a disappointing eighth in the Premier League table, then have a London derby at the Emirates against European champions Chelsea on August 22, before going to current champions Manchester City on August 28.
Arsenal’s first north London derby comes on the weekend of September 25 at home to Tottenham, while the return fixture will be on the weekend of January 15 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Arsenal’s Boxing Day fixture is at newly-promoted Norwich, they will host Manchester City on New Year’s Day, and their final game of the season is at home to Everton on May 22.
This will be the first league meeting between Brentford and Arsenal since May 1947, a match the Gunners won 1-0 at Griffin Park.
Arsenal’s 2021/22 Premier League fixtures
All fixtures subject to change.
13: Brentford (a) – 8pm, live on Sky Sports
22: Chelsea (h) – 4.30pm, live on Sky Sports
28: Manchester City (a) – 12.30pm
11: Norwich City (h) – 3pm
18: Burnley (a) – 3pm
25: Tottenham (h) – 3pm
2: Brighton (a) – 3pm
16: Crystal Palace (h) – 3pm
23: Aston Villa (h) – 3pm
30: Leicester City (a) – 3pm
6: Watford (h) – 3pm
20: Liverpool (a) – 3pm
27: Newcastle United (h) – 3pm
30: Manchester United (a) – 8pm
4: Everton (a) – 3pm
11: Southampton (h) – 3pm
14: West Ham (h) – 7.45pm
18: Leeds United (a) – 3pm
26: Norwich City (a) – 3pm
28: Wolves (h) – 3pm
1: Manchester City (h) – 3pm
15: Tottenham (a) – 3pm
22: Burnley (h) – 3pm
8: Wolves (a) – 7.45pm
12: Chelsea (a) – 3pm
19: Brentford (h) – 3pm
26: Liverpool (h) – 3pm
5: Watford (a) – 3pm
12: Leicester City (h) – 3pm
19: Aston Villa (a) – 3pm
2: Crystal Palace (a) – 3pm
9: Brighton (h) – 3pm
16: Southampton (a) – 3pm
23: Manchester United (h) – 3pm
30: West Ham (a) – 3pm
7: Leeds United (h) – 3pm
15: Newcastle United (a) – 3pm
22: Everton (h) – 4pm
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Key dates for the 2021/22 season
The 2021/22 Premier League will start on Saturday, August 14 – 34 days after the Euro 2020 final at Wembley.
The season will end on May 22 2022, with all 10 games kicking off at the same time.
The 2021/22 EFL season will kick-off on Saturday August 7.
Next season’s League One campaign will finish on the weekend of April 30 2022, with League Two and the Championship on one of May 7 and May 8 respectively.
The League One play-off final will then be held on Saturday, May 21, the League Two play-off final on Saturday May 28, and the Championship play-off final on Sunday, May 29.
Bukayo Saka is a “strong character” who will withstand the racist abuse he suffered after England’s Euro 2020 final defeat, says Mikel Arteta.
Arsenal manager Arteta has spoken to the 19-year-old, who, along with England team-mates Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, was targeted on social media following their missed penalties in Sunday’s shootout loss to Italy at Wembley.
The racist abuse has received widespread condemnation, including from England boss Gareth Southgate, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Football Association, while a Metropolitan Police investigation is ongoing.
Asked whether he had personally been in contact with Saka, Arteta told Sky Sports News: “Yes, I have. We all have, I think, spoken to him, sent messages.
“He will be fine. He is such a strong character. He has received a lot of love and support from world football, not only with Arsenal but the national team and all the English fans because he doesn’t deserve anything like [what] he has been through.”
Saka, who made his England debut as recently as October 2020, was a regular for Arsenal under Arteta last season and went on to feature in four games under Southgate at the European Championship.
“He has had a phenomenal season,” added Arteta, who was speaking after the club lost 2-1 to Hibernian in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday.
“In football, you want to be part of the greatest, you have to know today, at 19, that you lose more than you win unfortunately in this game and there are no exceptions to that rule.”
The Prime Minister met with social media companies at Downing Street earlier on Tuesday to discuss how to better tackle online abuse.
Arteta insists now is the time to ensure meaningful progress occurs in stopping further hate and punishing perpetrators.
“Hopefully we can use now to make a strong statement and we have to stop racial abuse on social media and people using social media to hide and put people in really bad places.
“Hopefully the laws will become stronger. I think we are all going to try and make a strong case out of that and hopefully, it can have a big impact because I think it is the moment to put that right.”
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Arsenal’s pre-season preparations got off to a losing start as they were beaten 2-1 by Hibernian at Easter Road.
The Gunners, who included Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Willian, Eddie Nketiah and Ainsley Maitland-Niles in their starting line-up, were behind in the 21st minute as Martin Boyle pounced on goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo’s error to hand Hibs the lead.
Half-time substitutes Nicolas Pepe and Thomas Partey both went close to an equaliser in the early stages of the second half, but Hibs capitalised on more defensive frailties from Arsenal as Daniel Mackay added a second.
Arsenal spurned a late opportunity as Kevin Dabrowski brilliantly kept out Pepe’s penalty, but the Gunners did eventually get their goal as Emile Smith Rowe turned home Hector Bellerin’s cross.
However, it wasn’t enough to stop defeat as Hibernian held on for victory in what was a much-needed workout for Mikel Arteta’s side.
Arsenal’s pre-season continues on Saturday when they face Scottish champions Rangers (kick off 2pm), while Hibernian are back in action on Friday at Raith Rovers (kick-off 7pm).
How Arsenal stumbled at Hibernian…
Nketiah, who has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium this summer, was handed an early chance to impress but the England U21 striker, who was one-on-one with former Gunners goalkeeper Matt Macey, fired the ball wide of the target.
Arsenal continued to put the hosts under pressure and Macey had to be alert to deny Reiss Nelson before Nketiah headed another chance wide.
However, Arteta’s side’s positive start was undone by an awful moment for young keeper Okonkwo, who was making his debut for the Gunners. The 19-year-old failed to deal with Cedric Soares’ back pass and missed the bouncing ball, allowing Boyle to tap into an empty net.
Okonkwo would have been feeling better moments later as he kept out Boyle’s long-range effort before Steven Bradley’s low strike hit the upright as Hibs pressed for a second just before the half-time interval.
Arsenal made a number of changes at the break as Okonkwo, Harry Clarke, Maitland-Niles, Nelson, Nketiah, Willian and Aubameyang made way for Karl Jakob Hein, Omar Rekik, Smith Rowe, Pepe, Partey, Alexandre Lacazette and Folarin Balogun, while Dąbrowski replaced Macey in goal for Hibs, and he was thrust straight into the action, producing a superb save to keep out Pepe’s goal-bound free kick.
There were more changes for both sides as Bellerin replaced Cedric for the Gunners, while Josh Campbell and Drey Wright replaced Scott Allan and Bradley for the hosts.
Arsenal went close to an equaliser when Partey’s powerful free kick had Dabrowski beaten, but the ball rattled the inside of the post as Hibernian survived.
And the Scottish side went on to capitalise on more poor defensive work from Arsenal as Mackay ghosted in unmarked at the far post from a corner to head home and extend Hibs’ lead further.
Arsenal did have the chance to get back into the game late on as a push on Balogun in the Hibs box resulted in a penalty, but Pepe’s spot kick was saved by Dabrowski to somewhat sum up the Gunners’ evening.
They did get on the score sheet late on as Smith Rowe converted Bellerin’s inviting cross, but it proved to be only a consolation.
What the managers said…
Hibernian boss Jack Ross: “It’s an important part of our preparations for next Thursday and we were fortunate to have such high calibre opposition to play. So, we had to work incredibly hard without the ball.
“The fact that they changed their team at half time as well meant that both sides we faced in each half had an energy about them.
“So, delighted with the work we put into the game. I was delighted with the threat we offered as well and you want to develop the habit of winning games as quickly as you can, particularly as you get close to your first competitive game.
“Overall, it was just a really good night for us.”
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta: “Well I’m always disappointed when we lose a football match but it is the first game, we played with many kids and we only had four training sessions. We’ve trained really hard and you could see that the players were a little bit leggy.
“I think we conceded the first goal, an accident, and the second goal was clearly offside. We created many, many chances but we didn’t score. That’s what pre-season is for, to take the things that we haven’t done well into a training session and then improve.
He knows that it is a part of the game he needs to get better at. We are working on it a lot and you could see the positions that he took today. He created two or three big chances.
On whether the lack of training so far explains the performance, Arteta added: “It does but there’s no excuse because we want to come here and win the match.
“They worked really hard, the boys worked really hard and you could see that some of them were not in the best condition, but we’re still very early in pre-season. It was great to see some of the young lads making their debuts here. We’ll keep working.”