The first game of the season is about to kick off in London, and we’re just about to find out whether or not it’s the first game ever to be played on a football pitch.
The first match of the new season, a draw with Arsenal, will be played at Old Trafford on Saturday, February 6, with a fourth Premier League fixture between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool the following day.
It’ll be the first time that the Premier League has played a fixture at the ground since the 1970s, when the first match was played at Wembley Stadium.
Arsenal, who lost 2-1 to Southampton in the FA Cup final on Sunday, are hoping to return to the title race and qualify for the Champions League.
However, their chances of playing in the competition look bleak.
A draw with Manchester United would be the closest they’ll get to lifting the trophy, and would mean that they’d have to play away from home.
But that’s not the only concern for Arsenal, who’ve lost five of their last six Premier League games, with five defeats in total.
And it’s not just about the Premier Leagues woes, either.
If they lose on Saturday against Manchester United, they will miss out on a place in the Champions league group stages, meaning that they’ll need to win three or more games to qualify for a third consecutive season.
So, with just a month until the season begins, we’re going to be keeping an eye on how Arsenal go about making the playoffs.
This article was originally published in January 2018 and has been updated to reflect the fact that it has been published in April 2018.
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