Chelsea announce pre-season fixtures, Blues to face Arsenal in Dublin

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Elsewhere on the opening weekend, Manchester United host Leicester City, Liverpool entertain West Ham, and Championship winners Wolverhampton Wanderers welcome Everton to Molineux.

That game against Liverpool comes three days before matchday one of the Champions League, meaning Spurs will definitely play their group stage matches at their new home.

Manchester United fans have reacted positively to the announcement of the fixtures and believe their side have been handed a boost in their bid to win the Premier League this season with a comfortable looking start and end to the campaign.

We'll face familiar foes as the three promoted sides make their return to Premier League action.

After the opening-weekend game at Etihad Stadium, the Gunners travel to fellow top-six contenders Chelsea.

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Although all fixtures dates are subject to change due to the requirements of broadcasters, the release of the Premier League schedule for the 2018-19 campaign enables managers, players and supporters to plot their club's route to success, whether it be a title push or battle for survival.

Arsenal will take on Chelsea at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday, August 1 as part of the International Champions Cup.

Their first major fixture of the season will then be with Tottenham Hotspur on September 15, while the first clash with Manchester United is scheduled for December 15 at Anfield. Our fans have been hugely supportive and this has been much appreciated during a challenging but momentous time.

Trips to City (February 2) and Tottenham (March 2) follow before their final "Top Six" fixture against United (March 9).

Given the game's proximity to the beginning of the season, Ray Parlour said he was that confident both sides in Dublin would be close to full strength.