New Arsenal boss Unai Emery has a hard job on his hands replacing the legendary Arsene Wenger at the Emirates.
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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The Football Association has not hosted the tournament since 1966, having failed in bids for the 1990, 2006 and 2018 tournaments. While the United States won't directly be involved in the 2018 World Cup , it will be at the center of the 2026 edition.
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.