As I sit here at my desk escaping work by choosing my Fantasy Football team I realise that the month of August is more important for Arsenal and Liverpool then in previous years.
I have never believed that you can win anything at the start of the season but you can lose a lot of ground on your major rivals.
Arsenal start the season with these fixtures,
Newcastle (away) 13th
Udinese (midweek at home) 16th
Liverpool (home) 20th
Udinese (midweek away) 24th
Manchester United (away) 28th
The Champions League is worth around £30m+ to Arsenal not counting the £3.5m revenue they make per home match so they will not want to go out of Europe early.
From Liverpool’s view I hope they win against Udinese so they still have to play more midweek matches later on.
It is probably the best time that Liverpool could have chosen to play Arsenal away, a game at the Emirates against a rotating Arsenal squad in the middle of a knockout Champions League qualifier.
I have always thought that even if the Liverpool squad is not quite as strong as its major rivals, the fact that it is not competing in Europe is advantageous as Liverpool will concentrate on only one major goal.
I feel a little for Arsenal for their torrid run of fixtures but since Liverpool are the obvious beneficiary I can only hope that full advantage is taken in the month of August.