Arsenal and Chelsea to head for Dublin for International Champions Cup fixture

Galatasaray's Belgian defender Jason Denayer vies for the ball with Besiktas Spanish forward Alvaro Negredo during the Turkish Spor Toto Super league football match between Galataray

Arsenal and Chelsea to head for Dublin for International Champions Cup fixture

New Arsenal boss Unai Emery has a hard job on his hands replacing the legendary Arsene Wenger at the Emirates.

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.

But the former Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla coach has been given a daunting task at the outset of his reign, with Arsenal kicking off the 2018-19 season at home to Pep Guardiola's champions on the weekend beginning August 11 before then travelling to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea a week later.

Although the clubs wouldn't normally break out all of the big guns for pre-season friendlies such as these, it could be a good chance to see some of the future stars that could take the Premier League by storm in years to come.

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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.

Nuno Espirito Santo's men won the Championship title at a canter this past season, dominating for most of the campaign and nearly notching up a century of points along the way.

Chelsea have announced three pre-season fixtures, one of which will take place at Stamford Bridge.

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.

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