The look of the fixture list is one of the most decisive secrets of a season.
Somehow, it is overlooked at the expense of other off-field factors like squad issues and injuries, but which opponents you have and when you face them during a campaign often has a lot to do with the target you have set for May.
Get a kind list of first ten fixtures and you may make a steady and confident start to go on and challenge for glory, but get the big games at the wrong period of the year and your hopes may be dealt a big blow.
Sure, the cliche that there are no ‘easy’ fixtures in the Premier League cannot be taken too lightly and in truth, any opponent can be a banana skin in the course of a season, but no one will prefer back-to back meetings with Manchester United and Chelsea in the midst of a poor run of form.
When Wenger’s men will be facing certain teams will be vital to what the new campaign has to offer, and that is why the announcement of the Premier League fixtures for the 2013/14 campaign on Wednesday will be some news to check out.
On Wednesday, Arsenal will find out several factors from when derbies will unfold to whether they will finish the season at the Emirates stadium for the first time in four years.