Premier League 2018-19 opening day fixtures in full – Arsenal face Manchester City in Unai Emery’s first game

Manchester City won the Premier League last season with a record 100 points (Picture: Getty)Manchester City will begin the defence of their Premier League title away against Arsenal.

Pep Guardiola’s side dominated the division last season, becoming the first side in the history of the competition to reach 100 points.

The game represents a baptism of fire for new Arsenal manager Unai Emery, who will come up against Guardiola and his assistant Mikel Arteta who was also in the running to succeed Arsene Wenger.

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Unai Emery faces a daunting start to his Arsenal tenure (Picture: Getty)

Premier League | Opening Day Fixtures

Arsenal vs. Man City

Bournemouth vs. Cardiff

Fulham vs. Crystal Palace

Huddersfield vs. Chelsea

Liverpool vs. West Ham

Man Utd vs. Leicester

Newcastle vs. Spurs

Southampton vs. Burnley

Watford vs. Brighton

Wolves vs. Everton

Fixtures to be played on on the weekend of August 11

Elsewhere, Manchester United start with a home game against Leicester, while Liverpool host West Ham at Anfield.

Chelsea, who are still to resolve their managerial situation, travel to Huddersfield while Tottenham visit Newcastle.

Promoted Wolves entertain Everton, while Craven Cottage will host its first Premier League game for four years when Crystal Palace travel to west London for an opening day derby.

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Jamaal Lascelles responds to Liverpool transfer speculation

Liverpool are lining up a move for Jamaal Lascelles (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Newcastle star Jamaal Lascelles has spoken out amid speculation linking him with a move to Liverpool.

Lascelles, 24, captained Newcastle to a 10th-placed finish in the Premier League this season and reports suggest the centre-back is firmly on Jurgen Klopp’s radar ahead of the summer transfer window.

The Reds are on the hunt for defensive reinforcements ahead of the 2018/19 campaign, with Burnley’s James Tarkowski also understood to be a target.

However, it appears Lascelles has ruled out the possibility of a move to Merseyside this summer after the Englishman insisted that he’s ‘very happy’ at St James’ Park.

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Asked about the growing speculation around his future, he responded: ‘This is the happiest I’ve been. I’m playing week in, week out, and I’m the captain here.

‘The fans love me. I’ve got a good relationship with them, because I love them. And we’re doing well, too.

The defender became Newcastle’s captain in August 2016 (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)‘I’m very happy here. You hear things – you hear rumours and stuff – but I’m a young player, and I need to be playing football at a good club – and that’s what this is.

‘Overall, it’s been an unreal season as far as I’m concerned, both for me personally, and, more importantly, for the club.’

Jamaal Lascelles is optimistic that Rafael Benitez can lead Newcastle to success  (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)Lascelles has been impressed with Rafael Benitez and is keen to be a part of Newcastle’s future under the Spaniard.

‘This is the right club for me at the right time,’ he added.

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‘We have a huge fanbase, an amazing manager, and this club is massive. It has so much history.

‘As captain, I want to see how far we can go – and, potentially, take it back to where it belongs.’

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Daniel Sturridge explains Newcastle snub as details of loan deal to West Brom emerge

Daniel Sturridge has joined West Brom on loan until the end of the season (Getty)Daniel Sturridge has said his decision to snub Newcastle was because West Brom were the ‘right fit’.

The Liverpool striker has moved to the Hawthorns on a loan deal until the end of the season.

It was thought he was going to join Newcastle, with the England international even speaking with manager Rafael Benitez.

But instead the Birmingham-born player opted for a move to the Baggies.

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‘I just felt this was the right fit for me. I’ve got friends here I’ve played with before, the manager spoke very well and there’s the challenge with the team and the style of play,’ said the 28-year-old.

Details of the loan move have emerged, with West Brom understood to be paying all of Sturridge’s £120,000-a-week wages.

They also agreed to pay Liverpool a £2million loan fee, according to the Daily Mail.

Daniel Sturridge has struggled for game time this season, with just five Premier League starts (Getty)

Sturridge’s season so far…

Premier League starts: 5

Substitute appearances: 4

Goals: 2

Assists: 1

Champions League starts: 0

Substitute appearances: 5

Goals: 1

Assists: 2

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West Brom manager Alan Pardew couldn’t hide his delight with the deal, which came just 48 hours after his side beat Liverpool at Anfield in the FA Cup.

‘This is a big coup for us,’ he said. ‘I hope our fans can understand that we are fighting to stay in the Premier League, not just on the pitch but in the market place.

‘I speak for my staff and my players and say thank you to Daniel for agreeing to assist us in league and Cup. He has fantastic talent and will strengthen our ambitions on both fronts.’

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge close to joining Newcastle United on loan

Daniel Sturridge is on the verge of joining Newcastle United. (Getty Images)Daniel Sturridge is close to joining Newcastle United on loan from Liverpool, according to reports.

The 28-year-old has barely featured under Jurgen Klopp this season and has started only five games in the Premier League so far.

Liverpool are open to allowing Sturridge to leave, although the striker is keen to remain in England.

Sturridge has attracted interest from Inter and Sevilla, but The Times report that Newcastle are closing in on a deal.

Sturridge has started only five Premier League games this season. (Getty Images)The report claims that Rafa Benitez’s side will pay a £1.5 million loan fee to Liverpool and will also cover the striker’s £120,000-a-week salary.

West Ham and West Brom have also expressed an interest in signing Sturridge but Newcastle are hopeful they can secure a deal after missing out on Nicolai Jorgensen.

Newcastle submitted two offers for the Denmark international but Feyenoord are refusing to lower their £20m asking price.

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Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen is also on Newcastle’s radar. (Getty Images)Sturridge has asked to leave Liverpool after falling down the pecking order at Anfield and was left out of the squad for the 3-2 defeat to West Brom in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.

Newcastle, meanwhile, currently sit 15th in the Premier League and just a point above the relegation places.

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Rafa Benitez on Everton’s shortlist to replace Ronald Koeman

Rafa Benitez is on Everton’s radar. (Getty Images)Rafa Benitez is one of the leading names on Everton’s shortlist to replace Ronald Koeman, according to reports.

The Dutchman is under pressure at Goodison Park after guided the club to just two wins in the Premier League so far.

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The Sun claims that Everton’s players are ‘convinced’ that Koeman will be sacked and reports that Benitez is among the managers being considered by majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri.

The 57-year-old spent six years as Liverpool boss and led the club to that remarkable victory over AC Milan in the Champions League final in 2005.

Ronald Koeman is under pressure at Everton. (Getty Images)The Spaniard, who reportedly still has a house in Merseyside, also won the FA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup during his time in charge at Anfield.

At Newcastle, Benitez managed to guide the team back into the Premier League last season but was reportedly frustrated with the club’s board over their transfer policy this summer.

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Benitez had targeted moves for Tammy Abraham and Willy Caballero, but Newcastle failed to get both deals over the line.

So far this season, Benitez has guided Newcastle to 10th in the Premier League with three wins and a draw from seven games.

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