Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Best Tweets: 'Unai Emery, Welcome to the Premier League' - Arsenal's brutal start

Best Tweets: 'Unai Emery, Welcome to the Premier League' - Arsenal's brutal start

The 2018-19 fixtures, announced on Thursday morning, handed Pep Guardiola's record-breaking team an Emirates Stadium opener on the weekend of August 11/12.

Claude Puel's men then head to Southampton, host Liverpool and travel south to face AFC Bournemouth before a home clash with Huddersfield Town completes their opening six games. The 2017/18 runners-up have Tottenham at home in their third game, with Brighton, Burnley, Watford, Wolves, West Ham and Newcastle are their other early season opponents.

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.

"Wembley was great for us last season and we are even more used to that than we are the new stadium". Arsene Wenger used to give the players four weeks off at least, but it is a new era for Arsenal with a new coach coming into the club.

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.

Our final pre-season fixture takes place just two days after the Community Shield, so you can expect a heavily rotated side.

It's going to be a tasty start to the season.

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