Liverpool the visitors for first game at new stadium

Posted June 15, 2018

Arsenal fans will have hoped for new manager Unai Emery to be given an easy start to next season, but it was exactly the opposite. If we win that, you're nearly like legends straight away.

That game against Liverpool comes three days before matchday one of the Champions League, meaning Spurs will definitely play their group stage matches at their new home.

As is traditional, the month of December presents gifts of games galore.

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But the former Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla coach has been given a daunting task at the outset of his reign, with Arsenal kicking off the 2018-19 season at home to Pep Guardiola's champions on the weekend beginning August 11 before then travelling to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea a week later.

A journey down to Southampton follows on 29 December and we bring in the New Year with a mouth-watering visit of Liverpool on 1 January.

Meanwhile, Cardiff City, Fulham and Wolves have all been handed potentially winnable opening assignments following their promotion to the top flight.

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Emery's first game will come against Manchester City at home on the first day of the season. They play in the best domestic competition in the world, the Premier League.

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.

None of the promoted sides have been given a horror run of games against leading clubs at the start of the season, although they will each face at least one of the big six in their opening four fixtures.

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Of course, all the above dates and times are subject to change, but as it stands, this is how the campaign will pan out.