Arsenal’s dance card fills up

Can’t really talk to much about Sunday’s result. A demoralizing loss made more annoying by a smattering of United supporters at our pub. 99% of whom, I’d never seen before. But I suppose our rocket ship had to plummet earthward at some point, and we can now dispense with all the “new Invincibles” chatter.

With the addition of Europa League group stage matches, Arsenal’s fixture list is becoming congested. The Gunners have 4 matches in 10 days of September and following the dreaded international break, October is more of the same. With 9 matches next month, the Gunners are playing an average of every 3 days.

Save the dates!

Some notable dates, Bay Are Gooners will want to put on their calendar. Saturday, October 1st is the first North London Derby of the season and our first 4:30am PT kickoff. Not for the faint of heart.

Then there’s Man City on Wednesday, October 19th. A match of this magnitude on a weekday is beyond annoying, but make arrangements to take the day off, long lunch, whatever, to be at Maggie’s for this one. A framed dollar bill hangs in the balance, but more on that closer to the match.

This week’s matches

Arsenal kick off their Europa League group stage with a trip to Switzerland to face FC Zürich on Thursday, before returning to London to face Everton. Maggie’s will have both matches on and we’ll see if the less favorable start times hamper our attendance.

Let us know if you’ll make it on our the Bay Area Gooners Facebook page.

I won’t make it Thursday, but will see you bright (ok, maybe not bright) and early on Sunday!

Best, Mark

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