Manchester City to start title defence at Arsenal

Sergio Cunningham
June 15, 2018

Emery also has a tough start to December, with a home north London derby against Tottenham on 1 December followed by a trip to Manchester United.

Manchester City celebrate after winning the 2017-18 Premier League title.

The Premier League fixtures for the 2018-19 season were published on Thursday (Thursday night NZ Time) and the Arsenal-Man City game was the standout on the opening weekend.

Liverpool's pre-Europe travels The Premier League has released dates for all 380 matches, but none have been allotted kick-off times as broadcasters are yet to decide which games will be televised.

Manchester United and Spurs are away four times before group games, while Manchester City are on the road twice before European fixtures.

And the former Paris Saint-Germain manager thanked the Premier League for the welcome, while also claiming he is "very excited" about the first two games.

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Boss Pep Guardiola has never lost to Emery in 10 meetings - including six victories - with Goater adding: "City will be looking to win that first game, which I think is really important".

Championship-winners Wolves begin their return to the Premier League at home to Everton before matches away to Leicester and West Ham bookend the visit of Manchester City to Molineux.

With the last two meetings between English football's two biggest clubs at Anfield ending in dismal 0-0 draws, it is to be hoped that December's clash on Merseyside produces more drama and goals.

Both aiming for cup success and consistent finishes in the top four, the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal have been pushed down the league of late as the Reds and Spurs both climb.

It is now all about which of them can navigate their programme best - but none of them will want to be in Arsenal's shoes at the beginning of August.

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