Our statistician Josh James looks takes a look at some of the numbers behind the newly-published 2013/14 Premier League fixture list.
Arsenal will kick off the 2013/14 season at home to Aston Villa - the first time the Gunners have began a campaign against the Villans since the very first game at Emirates Stadium, seven years ago.
Arsenal's Premier League opening day record
That day Arsenal fought back to earn a 1-1 draw after Villa defender Olof Mellberg had become the first man to score at the stadium in the Premier League. Gilberto scored the equaliser six minutes from time.
The previous time Arsenal started a season against Aston Villa was 1952/53. That time the game was played at Villa Park, with Tom Whittaker's side winning 2-1, laying the platform for a title-winning campaign. So the last time Arsenal beat Villa on the opening day, they went on to win the league!
The only other instances of Arsenal starting a league season against Villa are 1920/21 and 1909/10, both away from home - the Gunners lost 5-1 in 1909 and 5-0 in 1920. In fact 1920 was one of only two occasions when Arsenal have lost by five goals on the opening day (the other was 6-1 at Wolves in 1946).
The Club's opening-day form has picked up somewhat since then. Under Arsène Wenger the Gunners have lost just once on the big kick-off, and that was 13 seasons ago - 1-0 at Sunderland. However each of the last three campaigns have begun with a draw, with the team managing only one goal (and that being an own goal) in that time.
Previous Premier League opening day results
|1992||Arsenal 2, Norwich City 4|
|1993||Arsenal 0, Coventry City 3|
|1994||Arsenal 3, Manchester City 0|
|1995||Arsenal 1, Middlesbrough 1|
|1996||Arsenal 2, West Ham United 0|
|1997||Leeds United 1, Arsenal 1|
|1998||Arsenal 2, Nottingham Forest 1|
|1999||Arsenal 2, Leicester City 1|
|2000||Sunderland 1, Arsenal 0|
|2001||Middlesbrough 0, Arsenal 4|
|2002||Arsenal 2, Birmingham City 0|
|2003||Arsenal 2, Everton 1|
|2004||Everton 1, Arsenal 4|
|2005||Arsenal 2, Newcastle United 0|
|2006||Arsenal 1, Aston Villa 1|
|2007||Arsenal 2, Fulham 1|
|2008||Arsenal 1, West Bromwich Albion 0|
|2009||Everton 1, Arsenal 6|
|2010||Liverpool 1, Arsenal 1|
|2011||Newcastle 0, Arsenal 0|
|2012||Arsenal 0, Sunderland 0|
Arsenal will be kicking off their 110th league season in August, and so far they have won 50 of the opening fixtures, drawn 23 and lost 36. They have scored 178 and conceded 151. This will be the 62nd time they have got underway at home, compared to 48 away.
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Arsenal's current sequence of 12 consecutive opening days without defeat (stretching back to that Sunderland loss in 2000) is the Club's all-time record for the most unbeaten league starts in a row. The previous longest unbeaten sequence was seven seasons, set between 1932/33 and 1938/39 - the glorious Thirties era.
And perhaps it's no coincidence that the two longest runs of undefeated opening day games coincide with the Club's two most successful ever periods. History shows that the first result of the season can indeed set the tone for the rest of the campaign.
Of those 50 seasons with winning starts, the average finishing position was 5.44, more than three places higher than the average final place in seasons that kicked off with a loss (8.75).
Arsenal have never recovered to win the league after losing the opening game of the season.
Campaigns which Arsenal began with a draw resulted in an average finishing position of 6.43.
Also, Arsenal have never recovered to win the league after losing the opening game of the season.
Average finishing position when first result is...
All-time opening day record
*Using three points for a win
All-time opening day record
* Points Per Game using three points for a win
Looking a little further down the fixture list - unless it's shifted to the Sunday - the north London derby will be played in August for the first time since 1997 (a goalless draw at Highbury).
Coming just three games into the season, the match against Tottenham will be the 200th game played at Emirates Stadium overall.
The match against Tottenham will be the 200th game played at Emirates Stadium overall
It is also the fixture closest to the 100th anniversary of Arsenal's first-ever home game in north London, which was on September 6, 1913, against Leicester Fosse.
Other fixtures that Arsenal fans traditionally look for when the list is first published include Manchester United away, which next term is scheduled for November 9.
Statistically the worst month for Arsenal during the Arsène Wenger era (with a win rate of 46.27 per cent in the league), the other fixtures in November are Liverpool (H), Southampton (H) and Cardiff City (A).
Conversely, Arsenal's best month statistically under Wenger has been March (with a 70 per cent win rate in the league). Next March the Gunners will take on Stoke City (A), Swansea City (H), Tottenham (A), Chelsea (A) and Manchester City (H).
The Premier League season will conclude at Norwich's Carrow Road on Sunday, May 11.
The last time the Gunners brought the curtain down against Norwich was the 1989/90 season, when George Graham's side drew 2-2 away thanks to an Alan Smith brace.
Other than that, there was a 2-1 final day home defeat to the Canaries in 1986/87, which was the only other time the sides have met on the last weekend.
Last season Arsenal didn't lose in the league until the sixth fixture. That was only the 17th time in Arsenal's history that they had remained unbeaten after five games of a league campaign.
Overall, the team taste defeat for the first time each season an average of 3.68 games into the campaign.
Stats correct as at June 20, 2013, all fixtures subject to changeCopyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 21 Jun 2013