The first game in question is the game away to Fulham on the second week of the Premier League. The game has been given the early kick off on Saturday 24 August. The following weekend sees the first North London Derby of the season moved to Sunday 1 September.
Other fixtures will have been selected are Arsenal v Stoke (now played 22 September), Swansea City v Arsenal (now played 28 September), West Brom v Arsenal (now played 6 October), Crystal Palace v Arsenal (now played 26 October) and Arsenal v Liverpool (now played 2 November).
The big away clash with Manchester United has also been rescheduled to 10 November.
Television companies have always been ridiculed for the way they restructure the league fixtures but with Sky and BT paying a combined £3 billion, many argue they have the right to do what they want considering the money they spend on it.
Former England striker Gary Lineker disagrees and feels the current fixture lists damages England’s chances of World Cup qualification. Sky Sports have changed the third game week so Liverpool v Manchester United and Arsenal v Tottenham are part of ‘Super Sunday’ however England play Moldova in a crucial qualifier just five days later before facing Ukraine four days after that. A total of 21 English players could participate in the ‘Super Sunday’ before being selected by Roy Hodgson for the national team.
Lineker made his feelings clear via Twitter. “Bet Roy Hodgson is not overly chuffed with Sky Sports selection of TV games before England’s vital games. Predictable, but sad.”
He went on to say “I’m not being critical of Sky Sports. There is no reason why they should be interested in England. The Premier League though, should be.”