Premier League fixtures deal Arsenal boss Unai Emery a nightmare start

Fulham's Serbian manager Slavisa Jokanovic watches from the touchline during the English Championship play-off final football match between Aston Villa and Fulham at Wembley Stadium

Fulham's Serbian manager Slavisa Jokanovic watches from the touchline during the English Championship play-off final football match between Aston Villa and Fulham at Wembley Stadium

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And while City may feel hard done by at having to begin the defence of their title with a trip to a traditional big rival - despite recent reports of the Premier League adopting an unwritten rule of keeping the top six apart on the opening weekend of the season - Guardiola's men then enjoy a much softer run of fixtures following the game at the Emirates.

The match will also be new Arsenal manager Unai Emery's first in English football's top flight.

Liverpool host Everton in the first Merseyside derby of the season at the start of December, with the reverse fixture at Goddison Park taking place in early March.

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

Jurgen Klopp's side welcome West Ham to Anfield on the opening day of the season in what will be Manuel Pellegrini's first game in charge of the Hammers. After the Gunners host the champions, the team now managed by Emery are at Chelsea.

Manchester United visit Anfield on December 15 and Liverpool travel to Old Trafford in February.

Liverpool's start appears more challenging.

Spurs are due to move back to their rebuilt home on the site of White Hart Lane for the new season, with Fulham their first scheduled visitors on the weekend of August 18/19.

It is now all about which of them can navigate their programme best - but none of them will want to be in Arsenal's shoes at the beginning of August.

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