Premier League fixtures 2018-19: Man City visit Arsenal on opening weekend


Today's release of the 2018-19 Premier League fixture list saw the Reds handed an away trip to face Mauricio Pochettino's men on September 15.

While Emery will also have a tough December period when his men will face Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool.

The home fixture against the Reds follows Matchday Four of the Champions League (6/7 November), while the return derby takes place after the Round of 16 knock-out stages (5/6 or 12/13 March).

They finished 25 points behind champions Manchester City in 2017-18, and while the Sky Blues enjoyed a record-breaking campaign, Liverpool's points tally of 75 would only have been good enough for fifth the season before.

Jurgen Klopp's team beat City on three occasions last season, including the Premier League win in January which ended their hopes of going through a campaign unbeaten in the league.

The total distance for Newcastle fans is 4,581 miles to make all 19 away trips but that is only one way, so it is actually 9,162 miles to go there and back.

They will be hosting Huddersfield on Boxing Day before travelling to Newcastle United on New Year's Day.

Away fixtures at Watford, which has been reversed, and Manchester United and an worldwide break buy them some time to complete work on the stadium before Jurgen Klopp's men visit for the first game in the middle of September.

The fixture will be Unai Emery's first competitive match as Gunners manager.

Antonio Conte's Blues travel to Huddersfield on the opening day and after the trip to Arsenal come Newcastle, Bournemouth, Cardiff, West Ham, Liverpool and Southampton.

Tor Andre Flo was also involved with the launch and having played here in 2003 with Norway, he is excited about returning again with Chelsea as part of the pre -season preparations in August.

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.