Arsenal finished a disappointing fifth in the Premier League last season and defeat to Chelsea in the Europa League final means it will be another campaign without the Champions League.
Rivals Tottenham enjoyed more success – finishing fourth, while also reaching the Champions League final before suffering defeat to Liverpool.
But with Unai Emery targeting new faces this summer he will hope to build a squad capable of challenging for silverware.
Arsenal’s last Premier League title came in 2004 when they went the entire season unbeaten under Arsene Wenger.
April 25 of that year will live long in the memory of Gunners fans, and unfortunately for Spurs, their supporters too.
Arsenal needed a point to secure the title and after going two goals up inside 35 minutes thanks to Patrick Vieira and Robert Pires they looked to be cruising towards the trophy.
A late fightback from Spurs saw Jamie Redknapp and Robbie Keane draw them level but Arsenal held on to clinch the title.
Cue wild celebrations from Arsenal at White Hart Lane in front of their rivals.
And with the fixtures being announced today, some eagle-eyed Gunners supporters have noticed the date of their north London derby.
Arsenal host Tottenham early on in the season on August 31 before the return fixture takes place on…. April 25.
With just three games left to play after that fixture, some of the most optimistic fans will already be dreaming of a repeat of 2004’s fairytale.
As for Spurs fans discovering the news, and despite knowing their team is in a stronger position than their rivals, the thought of a repeat performance will send shivers down their spine.