Premier League fixtures deal Arsenal boss Unai Emery a nightmare start

Absolutely, it is the game before the season starts.

Games against newly-promoted trio Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham are part of a sequence which also includes Huddersfield, Newcastle and Brighton - the three teams who came up the previous season.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has been handed a horror start to his reign at the club with games against Manchester City and Chelsea.

Olivier Giroud will play former club Arsenal for the first time since moving to Chelsea.

Everton are the opposition at Goodison Park in the first fixture of 2019 on New Year's Day, while Puel's side will also face a testing end to the campaign.

During the opening six fixtures, City are due to play all three promoted teams, handing Guardiola's men the flawless opportunity to make another strong start to the season.

With the release of the 2018/19 Premier League fixtures, supporters can begin their planning for the season ahead.

It is a similar story for neighbours United, who begin at home to Leicester.

On Wednesday 1st August, Chelsea will lock-horns with Premier League rivals Arsenal in Dublin, before facing Lyon at Stamford Bridge on August 7th.

The Premier League has given Tottenham special permission to play their home games in more than one stadium as rules do not allow it, while the Football Association extended their deadline until Friday to allow Spurs extra time to decide whether they wanted to return to Wembley.

Trips to City (February 2) and Tottenham (March 2) follow before their final "Top Six" fixture against United (March 9).

But despite the ease or difficulty of a team's early fixtures, the reality that all the clubs face next season is that City will once again be the side to beat.

  • Stacy Allen