Gunners open against Black Cats
Black Cats first visitors to Emirates Stadium
Last Updated: June 18, 2012 9:37am
Sunderland are Arsenal's first opponents in the 2012/13 Premier League season
Arsenal kick off the new Premier League season with a home game against Sunderland on 18 August.
Arsene Wenger's side face three difficult away fixtures to start - a trip to Stoke on 25 August followed by September visits to Liverpool and Manchester City.
November is another tricky month, beginning with an away game at Manchester United and featuring a home derby with Tottenham.
Christmas brings a Boxing Day derby against West Ham and a New Year's Day trip to Southampton, and a key run in January sees the Gunners take on champions City, Chelsea and Liverpool in successive games.
Arsenal meet Manchester United at the Emirates four games before the end of a season which finishes with a trip to Newcastle.