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Arsenal’s next six fixtures compared to Man City after Chelsea draw

Arsenal’s next six fixtures compared to Man City after Chelsea draw

Arsenal seemed destined to lose their undefeated record at the beginning of the 2023/24 Premier League season to Chelsea on Saturday evening. 

A combination of tactical changes by Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal’s own mistakes allowed Chelsea to dominate the London derby at the Bridge. 

Arsenal appeared to be a step behind their enthusiastic opponents, and with 15 minutes left in the match, they were trailing 2-0.

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Out of nowhere, Declan Rice provided Arsenal with a lifeline, and despite their struggles, the momentum shifted, forcing Chelsea onto the defensive. 

An equalizer became inevitable, and Leandro Trossard delivered that crucial moment by slotting in a goal at the back post from a precise Bukayo Saka cross.

This performance raises the question of whether it’s a sign of champions in the making or if it highlights a concerning trend regarding Arsenal’s sluggishness. 

The true implications of Saturday’s draw will only become clear in the weeks and months to come. Despite a victory over Man City before the break and currently sharing the same number of points with them in the table, Arsenal will need to step up their game if they aim to overtake the Cityzens and claim the top spot in the Premier League by the end of the season.

Now, let’s compare Arsenal’s upcoming six fixtures to those of the reigning champions.

Arsenal’s next six fixtures

Arsenal’s progression in the Carabao Cup means they will be competing in three different tournaments in their next six matches. The Gunners face a challenging match in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup after defeating Brentford, as they travel to West Ham on November 1.

Before that, Arsenal will return to Champions League action as they visit Sevilla on Tuesday night. Given their prior loss to Lens on Matchday 2, Mikel Arteta’s team could really use a positive result in this fixture.

Following that, Arsenal is expected to secure three valuable Premier League points when they play against the team at the bottom of the table, Sheffield United, on a Saturday afternoon. However, a tough match awaits them after their cup tie in East London, as they travel to Newcastle. Although Arsenal emerged victorious in their last visit to Tyneside at the end of the previous season, they’ll be facing an enthusiastic and in-form Newcastle side.

The next six matches for Arsenal will conclude with a return fixture in the Champions League against Sevilla and a relatively easier home league fixture against Vincent Kompany’s Burnley.

Date / Kick-off time (BST)FixtureCompetition
24/10/23 / 20:00Sevilla vs ArsenalChampions League
28/10/23 / 15:00Arsenal vs Sheffield UnitedPremier League
01/11/23 / 19:45West Ham vs ArsenalCarabao Cup
04/11/23 / 17:30Newcastle vs ArsenalPremier League
08/11/23 / 20:00Arsenal vs SevillaChampions League
11/11/23 / 15:00Arsenal vs BurnleyPremier League

Manchester City’s next six fixtures

In their upcoming fixtures, Man City will face Young Boys in both home and away matches as part of the Champions League group stage. After a convincing victory against RB Leipzig on Matchday 2, the Cityzens have taken a commanding lead in Group G.

Despite a recent loss to Newcastle in the third round of the Carabao Cup, which ended their hopes of a quadruple in the 2023/24 season, this defeat does provide some relief in terms of fixture congestion over the next few weeks.

City will now be able to concentrate on several challenging Premier League encounters. Their next domestic match is the first Manchester derby of the season, which will be held at Old Trafford. Given the Red Devils’ lackluster performance, many anticipate an easy victory for the visiting team.

Following that, City has a relatively straightforward home fixture against the disappointing Bournemouth side. After hosting Young Boys on Matchday 4 of the group stage, City will face significant Premier League challenges as they travel to Chelsea and then host Liverpool. If they secure victories in both of these matches, they will likely be considered strong contenders for the Premier League title once again.

Date / Kick-off time (BST)FixtureCompetition
25/10/23 / 20:00Young Boys vs Manchester CityChampions League
29/10/23 / 16:30Manchester United vs Manchester CityPremier League
04/11/23 / 15:00Manchester City vs BournemouthPremier League
07/11/23 / 20:00Manchester City vs Young BoysChampions League
12/11/23 / 16:30Chelsea vs Manchester CityPremier League
25/11/23 / 12:30Manchester City vs LiverpoolPremier League

Arsenal’s next six fixtures compared to Man City after Chelsea draw

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