Manchester City start defence of title against Arsenal

Manchester City start defence of title against Arsenal

Manchester City start defence of title against Arsenal

The fixture will be Unai Emery's first competitive match as Gunners manager.

They will then play another away game at Watford on September 1 before the global break after the Hornets agreed to reverse the fixture.

And with the new Premier League fixture list - which you can see in full here - also showing Arsenal heading to Chelsea on matchday two, the former PSG boss clearly has his work cut out if he is to hit the ground running.

"Wembley was great for us last season and we are even more used to that than we are the new stadium".

The three other fixtures on the opening weekend see Chelsea travel to Huddersfield, Southampton host Burnley, and Watford take on Brighton at Vicarage Road.

One of Mourinho's reasons was the fact that all of Gareth Southgate's squad play in the Premier League - which he described as the best League in the world.

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.

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Following the Arsenal game, City do not face another top-six team until they are away to Liverpool - who beat Pep Guardiola's men in the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season - in October.

Liverpool begin their season at home to West Ham United, with Manuel Pellegrini taking charge of the Hammers for the first time.

Manchester City are the reigning champions, with promoted sides Wolverhampton Wanderers, Fulham and Cardiff City all returning to the Premier League.

"The fixture we all look forward to is the first home game, and this season that will be against another risky side in Wolverhampton Wanderers, who enjoyed a fantastic season in the Championship to reach the Premier League", added Puel.

Oddly, for the third consecutive season, we lock horns with Arsenal and Chelsea in consecutive games.

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