‘Season is finished in August’ – Arsenal fans react to fixtures announcement, hope offered vs Man City

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Arsenal boss Unai Emery will have quite the introduction to the Premier League as he’ll face Man City and Chelsea in his first two games in charge.

The Spanish tactician was announced as Arsene Wenger’s successor last month, and he’ll be desperately hoping for a positive start to get the fans on side and backing the team towards a successful campaign.

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However, he couldn’t have been handed a more difficult opening game as reigning champions Man City will visit the Emirates on the weekend of August 11/12, and the reaction hasn’t been particularly positive to the news from the Arsenal faithful.

Many have bemoaned their bad luck as ideally, Emery would have received a less strenuous start to life in north London in order to settle in and get some morale-boosting wins under his belt to get started.

Instead, he’ll face a side that won the title with a 19-point gap last season, which is quickly followed by his first taste of a London derby away at Stamford Bridge.

For the most part, there wasn’t much positivity floating around on Arsenal Twitter, but a few did make a very good point in that a large number of Man City players are at the World Cup this summer. In turn, perhaps as they return late and are potentially missing for the opening weekend, it could give Arsenal a great chance to produce an upset and give Emery a major boost to kick things off.

Time will tell if that plays out, but ultimately, the primary focus for now has to be on strengthening the squad this summer and preparing them for a tough season with a solid pre-season.

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