It’s Arsenal v Newcastle, Everton, Brentford,Watford and Fulham

Looking at the fixtures, Everton might have been Arsenal’s hardest game this month.

They have a far better squad than Newcastle, with potential match-winners in England’s World Cup keeper Jordan Pickford and rangy Brazilian striker Richarlison, who was suspended for the 1-1 draw with Huddersfield.

Theo Walcott was injured in that game and Everton already have a lot of injuries.

But Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez, one of the cleverest coaches out there, works wonders with his rag-tag squad of rejects and has-beens.

Rafa knows that today’s Arsenal team don’t have the world class power players they had in the Nineties and Noughties.

Please note: Newcastle only lost 2-1 at Manchester City last weekend.

So Unai Emery could find that trip to Tyneside quite difficult. He already knows that Newcastle are far better than the clumsy Cardiff team that Arsenal beat 3-2.

After St James’s Park, all Arsenal’s September games are at home.

And next month’s trip to newly-promoted Fulham’s should not prove too daunting:

Sat Sept 15 : Newcastle away
Thur Sept 20 FC Vorskla (Europa)
Sun Sept 23 Everton
Wed 29 Watford
October 3 Quarabag FC away
Oct 7 Fulham at Craven Cottage

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