Arsenal’s 2022/23 season has got off to the perfect, clinching victories in each of their opening two Premier League outings.

Mikel Arteta’s men saw off Crystal Palace last weekend, securing a 2-0 win at Selhurst Park before defeating Leicester City 4-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday as summer signing Gabriel Jesus stole the show with his two goals and two assists. The north Londoners are one of just two teams to win both matches so far this term, the other being reigning champions Manchester City, but a top-four finish certainly remains the realistic goal for Arteta and Co.

Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur pipped the Gunners to a top-four finish last season and they appear to be their two biggest rivals for UEFA Champions League qualification again this time around. Despite a torrid start to the campaign, Manchester United also cannot be ruled out entirely considering they have finished in the top four in two of the last three seasons.

With that in mind, compares Arsenal and their rival’s next six league fixtures.

Bournemouth (A) – August 20

Next up for the Gunners is the newly-promoted Bournemouth at the Vitality stadium. The Cherries got off to a flying start last weekend, securing a 2-0 win over Aston Villa before losing 4-0 away to City on Saturday.

Arteta’s first game in charge of Arsenal was a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth back in December 2019, although the Spaniard was able to clinch a 2-1 victory in the FA Cup just four weeks later.

Fulham (H) – August 27

Another match against new arrivals to the league comes after as Arsenal host fellow London side Fulham to the Emirates Stadium. Marco Silva’s side showed their promise in their league opener, giving Liverpool all kinds of problems during their 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage.

The last match between these two sides back in April 2021 needed a late Eddie Nketiah goal to secure a 1-1 draw in north London.

Aston Villa (H) – August 31

The Gunners’ first back-to-back home fixtures of the season sees them welcome Aston Villa to north London on a Wednesday night right before the summer transfer window shuts. Villa did the double over Arteta’s side during the 2020/21 campaign, including an embarrassing 3-0 defeat at the Emirates.

However, Arsenal got their own back last term, beating them 3-1 at home before winning 1-0 in the return fixture at Villa Park.

Man United (A) – September 4

The first match against another member of the so-called big six comes at Old Trafford against Manchester United. Erik ten Hag’s men have got off to a torrid start this term, losing 2-1 to Brighton last weekend before being on the end of a 4-0 Brentford hammering last time out.

Arteta boasts a solid record against United as manager, winning three and drawing one of his five matches against the Red Devils – although his last trip to Old Trafford ended in a 3-2 defeat thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo brace.

Everton (H) – September 11

Arteta’s former club Everton comes next for Arsenal, who have struggled against the Toffees in recent years. In fact, three of the last four meetings between these two have ended in the Merseyside club stealing all three points.

Still, the last time Frank Lampard and Co arrived at the Emirates they were on the end of a 5-1 defeat.

Brentford (A) – September 18

Arsenal’s eighth league fixture of the season comes against the team they started last season’s campaign against in Brentford. The Bees came out victorious on that day, winning 2-0 as English frontman Ivan Toney angared Arteta with a Tweet post-game.

The Gunners won the return fixture 2-1 but they will be hoping to do one better this time around by securing all three points at the Community Stadium to fully avenge last season’s crushing loss.

Chelsea’s next six fixtures:

Leeds (A) – August 21

Leicester (H) – August 27

Southampton (A) – August 30

West Ham (H) – September 4

Fulham (A) – September 10

Liverpool (H) – September 18

Tottenham’s next six fixtures:

Wolves (H) – August 20

Nottingham Forest (A) – August 28

West Ham (A) – August 31

Fulham (H) – September 3

Manchester City (A) – September 10

Leicester City (H) – September 17

Man United’s next six fixtures:

Liverpool (H) – August 22

Southampton (A) – August 27

Leicester City (A) – September 1

Arsenal (H) – September 4

Crystal Palace (A) – September 11

Leeds (H) – September 18