A lot will still depend on what happens with Arsenal when the final draw is made for the Champions League group stages on August 29th, but looking at how the Premier League games fall for the Gunners around and about the dates of our UCL group games, we could have a problem on our hands, Houston.
A report by Metro reveals league fixtures faced by Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City and Man United (assuming that they get through the play-offs) and straight away it looks a bit grim for the Gunners.
Stoke City at home before our first European game is not bad at all but travelling to Chelsea that weekend is about as bad as we could have wished, so obviously we could do with the Champions League throwing up one of our easier opponents for that matchday.
Our game after matchday two is against Man United, although we are at least at home for that one. Matchday four is sandwiched between a tricky trip to Swansea and the visit of Tottenham for the first north London derby of the season.
With the Premier League trophy a clear priority for Arsenal, and depending on the way the Champions League draw pans out, should Arsene Wenger consider sacrificing our Champions League chances to give us the best chance of becoming domestic champions once more?