New Gunners manager will make his competitive debut in the dugout against champions Manchester City at the Emirates

NEW Arsenal boss Unai Emery has been handed a nightmare start as the Gunners host champions Manchester City in their opening Premier League fixture.

It doesn’t get much easier for the Spaniard as his side then travel to London rivals Chelsea in their second clash.

Emery, 46, would have been hoping to hit the ground running as Arsenal manager.

But his managerial credentials will be tested straight from the off as they entertain Pep Guardiola’s side on August 11.

After facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge a week later, Arsenal then play West Ham at home, newly promoted Cardiff away and then Newcastle.

Emery will get his first taste of the north London derby in December when they host Spurs.

On Boxing Day Arsenal face a trip to Brighton and host Fulham on New Year’s day.

They will wrap up their season with a trip to Burnley.

Meanwhile Chelsea open their account with a trip to Huddersfield, Manchester United host Leicester and Liverpool will entertain West Ham.

Arsenal Premier League fixtures

August

11 Man City (h)

18 Chelsea (a)

25 West Ham (h)

September

1 Cardiff (a)

15 Newcastle (a)

22 Everton (h)

29 Watford (h)

October

6 Fulham (a)

20 Leicester (h)

27 Crystal Palace (a)

November

3 Liverpool (h)

10 Wolves (h)

24 Bournemouth (a)

December

1 Tottenham (h)

4 Man Utd (a)

8 Huddersfield (h)

15 Southampton (a)

22 Burnley (h)

26 Brighton (a)

29 Liverpool (a)

January

1 Fulham (h)

12 West Ham (a)

19 Chelsea (h)

29 Cardiff (h)

February

2 Man City (a)

9 Huddersfield (a)

23 Southampton (h)

26 Bournemouth (h)

March

2 Tottenham (a)

9 Man Utd (h)

16 Wolves (a)

30 Newcastle (h)

April

6 Everton (a)

13 Watford (a)

20 Crystal Palace (h)

27 Leicester (a)

May

4 Brighton (h)

12 Burnley (a)

Tottenham will play Newcastle away before playing Fulham.

Emery will continue to strengthen his side this summer as he plots a return to the Champions League.

The Gunners are closing in on the signing of keeper Bernd Leno and will also look to complete a deal to land Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira in a £26million deal.

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