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Claude Puel says Leicester City's maiden fixture of the 2018/19 Premier League season will be a thrilling encounter for the Club's players and fans to look forward to. They play in the best domestic competition in the world, the Premier League.

Full of hope before the 9am announcement, many were left in a grump after discovering that the Gunners must face defending champions Manchester City and 2017 winners Chelsea in their first two games.

"I know that our fans will continue to generate a wonderful atmosphere at home and away, as they always do".

Premier League champions Manchester City will begin their title defence away to Arsenal on the weekend of August 11 to 12, the English Premier League announced on Thursday (Jun 14) as it unveiled the fixtures for the 2018/19 season.

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

We then entertain Everton and Crystal Palace (15 and 22 December) but are away on Boxing Day against Leicester.

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Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham replace Swansea, Stoke and West Brom in the top flight.

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.

Southgate has taken a relatively inexperienced group of players to Russian Federation compared to previous tournaments, with Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere among the big names left out.

Emery also has a tough start to December, with a home north London derby against Tottenham on 1 December followed by a trip to Manchester United.

Of course, all the above dates and times are subject to change, but as it stands, this is how the campaign will pan out.

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