August 5: Arsenal’s season could get off to a bad start eight days before they even take to the pitch, with the draw for the Champions League playoff round. The Gunners will face one of Benfica, Dinamo Kiev, Genk, Odense, Panathinaikos, Rubin Kazan, Standard Liege, Trabzonspor, FC Twente, Vaslui [Romania] and FC Zurich.
August 13: The Premier League season starts with the potential banana-skin of a trip to Newcastle.
August 16/17 - The Champions League playoff's first leg will see the Gunners on the road.
August 20: Three or four days after returning from possibly a long trip to Ukraine or Russia or a difficult match in Greece or Portugal, Arsenal welcome Liverpool to the Emirates.
August 22/23: It will be make or break in the Champions League for the Gunners with the play-off second leg. This is the night when Arsenal will either be in the group stage draw or knocked out - in which case pressure will grow on Wenger.
August 27: As if all that is not enough, a trip to Old Trafford to take on champions Manchester United is next up.
August 31: The transfer window closes. If Wenger has failed by this point to secure some big names, Arsenal’s season could be in tatters less than a month after it began.