Tough start for Emery as Ar­se­nal opens EPL against Man City

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Unai Emery has been handed the tough­est pos­si­ble start to his ten­ure at Ar­se­nal: A match against English Premier League cham­pion Manch­ester City.

The Premier League fix­tures for the 2018-19 sea­son were pub­lished yes­ter­day and the Arse­nalMan City game was the stand­out on the open­ing week­end.

Emery has re­placed Arsene Wenger, who was in charge of Ar­se­nal for 22 years, and will be look­ing to make an im­me­di­ate state­ment at Emi­rates Sta­dium against a City side that won the league by a record 19-point mar­gin.

Tot­ten­ham is sched­uled to play Ful­ham at home on the sec­ond week­end but it is still un­clear if the match will be at the club's tem­po­rary home of Wem­b­ley Sta­dium, which it is us­ing while White Hart Lane is be­ing re­built. Tot­ten­ham has three away games in its first four fix­tures.

Manch­ester United starts at home to Le­ices­ter and plays only one of last sea­son's top six — Tot­ten­ham — in its first eight games.

The first Manch­ester derby takes place at City's Eti­had Sta­dium on Novem­ber 10, with the sec­ond at Old Traf­ford on March 16.

First day’s pro­gramme for Saturday 11th Au­gust: Bournemouth v Cardiff Ar­se­nal v Man City Ful­ham v C. Palace Hud­der­s­field v Chelsea Liver­pool v West Ham Man Utd v Le­ices­ter New­cas­tle v Tot­ten­ham Southamp­ton v Burn­ley Wat­ford v Brighton Wolves v Ever­ton

Photo: Domenic Aquilina

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