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I am hoping that Emery gets off to a great start, and this game will be important in deciding who starts his first Premier League game.

Unai Emery will welcome champions Manchester City to the Emirates Stadium for his first game in charge of the Gunners.

This is first time a club has been allowed to play home games at two venues in the same season.

And the key fixtures remain the first that demand the attention, with the titanic battles between the main title challengers always primed to be pivotal dates in the calendar.

Liverpool and Manchester United start off with home ties, against West Ham and Leicester City respectively, while newly promoted Championship winners Wolves host Everton.

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Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated game next season will not be the Manchester derby, but the first clash between City and Liverpool at Anfield on October 6.

Among the final round of matches, scheduled for May 12, Manchester City are at Brighton - where they started last season - while Cardiff and Wolves are at Manchester United and Liverpool respectively.

The promoted sides were all spared a daunting sequence of games to start the season - although all face one of the "big six" in their opening four matches.

Arsenal finished sixth and without a trophy, while Chelsea FC were fifth and won the FA Cup.

But despite the ease or difficulty of a team's early fixtures, the reality that all the clubs face next season is that City will once again be the side to beat.