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Arsenal make promising start to their bold new era and should be one step ahead of their rivals... early Premier League games against Man City and Chelsea offer opportunity, not a curse

When the Premier League fixture list first appeared in the middle of June, Arsenal supporters may have greeted their early calendar with a sense of trepidation.
First up is the champions Manchester City, and then comes a trip to Chelsea. Guardiola's side beat Arsenal three times last season with an aggregate score of 9-1 while Arsenal have lost five of their last six top-flight trips to Stamford Bridge.
As Arsenal enter this bold new era beyond Arsene Wenger, the fear may have been that the air goes out of the balloon before Unai Emery's feet are under the table. Manchester United had a similarly foul beginning to life under David Moyes and the Glaswegian never did recover from failures to beat Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City within a month of the season starting.

When the Premier League fixture list first appeared in the middle of June, Arsenal supporters may have greeted their early calendar with a sense of trepidation.
First up is the champions Manchester City, and then comes a trip to Chelsea. Guardiola's side beat Arsenal three times last season with an aggregate score of 9-1 while Arsenal have lost five of their last six top-flight trips to Stamford Bridge.
As Arsenal enter this bold new era beyond Arsene Wenger, the fear may have been that the air goes out of the balloon before Unai Emery's feet are under the table. Manchester United had a similarly foul beginning to life under David Moyes and the Glaswegian never did recover from failures to beat Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City within a month of the season starting.


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