Premier League champions Manchester city will begin their title defence away to Arsenal on the weekend of August 11-12, the English Premier League announced Thursday as it unveiled the fixtures for the 2018/19 season .
The match will also be new Arsenal manager Unai Emery’s first in English football’s top flight.
The exact date of the game will be confirmed when television broad-casting schedules are drawn up .
City amassed 100 points and scored 106 goals while finishing 19 points clear of second – placed Manchester United in the 2017/ 18 season .
Following the Arsenal game, city do not face another top-six team until they are away to Liverpool who beat pep Guardiola’s men in the quarter- finals of the Champions League last season in October.
In between those two eye-catching fixtures, city will play the newly-promoted trio of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Cardiff city and Fulham, as well as last year’s promoted teams Huddersfield , Newcastle and Brighton.
Manchester United begin their league campaign at home to Leicester city and face a potentially tricky encounter in their third game when Tottenham Hotspur come to Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho’s side face Brighton and Hove Albion, Burnley , Watford and Wolves in other early season games.
Liverpool , the losing Champions League finalists, appear to have he easiest start of any of the likely title-contenders.
They begin their premier League season at home to west Ham before facing crystal palace, Brighton and Leicester.