Saturday, 23 June, 2018

Arsenal and Chelsea will play a friendly in Ireland this summer

Fulham's Serbian manager Slavisa Jokanovic watches from the touchline during the English Championship play-off final football match between Aston Villa and Fulham at Wembley Stadium Chelsea announce pre-season fixtures, Blues to face Arsenal in Dublin
Cassandra Castillo | 14 June, 2018, 12:13

The Premier League season may not get underway until August 11, but Liverpool fans can begin pencilling in key dates after the fixtures were released this morning.

New boss Unai Emery has been given the proverbial baptism of fire with his Gunners to host champions Manchester City before travelling to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea.

Our final pre-season fixture takes place just two days after the Community Shield, so you can expect a heavily rotated side.

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.

Manchester United will be determined to catch their neighbours - who romped home to the title last term with a 100-point tally - and Jose Mourinho and co will begin that pursuit at home to Leicester.

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Liverpool's start appears more challenging.

Arsenal and Chelsea will play a pre-season friendly in Dublin later this summer.

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.

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.

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