Emery's faces baptism of fire as Arsenal to open against City

Dean Simpson
June 20, 2018

Newcastle face Tottenham (3rd), Cardiff (19th), Chelsea (5th), Man City (1st), Arsenal (6th) and Crystal Palace (11th). No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services.

The Red Devils finished second in the Premier League last term and will be looking to start on a high as they plot to challenge fierce rivals Manchester City for the Premier League title.

Unai Emery faces a baptism of fire as Arsenal manager after the Premier League fixture computer handed the Spaniard clashes against Manchester City and Chelsea in his first two competitive games since succeeding Arsene Wenger at the Emirates.

A statement on the official club website reads: "Following the release of the fixtures for season 2018/19, we are delighted to announce that we shall play our first home game at our new stadium on the weekend of 15-16 September 2018 against Liverpool".

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.

Press Association Sport has analysed the opening day records of each Premier League club over the last 20 seasons to see which bosses will be under the most pressure to start well.

The stats say Wolves have the trickiest start, with games against Manchester City and Manchester United included in their first six games, while Pep Guardiola's champions have the easiest, facing all three of the newly-promoted sides after their curtain-raiser against Arsenal'.

He has also installed an exciting style of play at Anfield, and their run to the Champions League final was thrilling from start to finish. That includes trips to Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.

Championship-winning Wolves have a home opener against Everton, before trips to Leicester and West Ham sandwich the visit of Manchester City to Molineux.

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.

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