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Arsenal Premier League fixtures 2019/20: Gunners kick off campaign against Newcastle but face ANOTHER tough start

ARSENAL will kick off next season against Newcastle – and it goes downhill from there.

The Gunners face another tough opening test after last season saw them take on Manchester City and Chelsea in their first two games.

This season they will take on Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United before October in a nightmare opening few weeks for Unai Emery.

Gunners fans will be looking at the fixtures against fellow members of the 'Big Six' as they set their sights on a Champions League place.

Arsenal have a couple of Christmas crackers, hosting Chelsea on December 28 before a juicy New Year's day clash with United.

Supporters will be scouring for the North London derby fixtures and they take place on August 31 and April 25.

Despite it only being June, fans will also being looking at the final day of the season in a hope that they will be fighting for the title and the Gunners will finish at the Emirates as they take on Watford.

Unai Emery's first season was neither a success nor a complete failure.

The Spaniard made a few decent signings such as defensive midfielder Lucas Torreira, centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos and goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

The Gunners went on a 22-match unbeaten run in all competitions at one point where they beat Tottenham 4-2 and avoided defeat at Manchester United.

Victories over the Red Devils and Chelsea later in the campaign proved that Emery could mastermind victories over the top six clubs – something that was lacking in Arsene Wenger's final years.

But their defence still proved leaky, most notably shipping five at Liverpool.

Four defeats in their final seven matches also ended any hopes of finishing in the top four.

They did not fare well in the other domestic competitions, knocked out in the fourth round of the FA Cup by Man United, and defeated in the Carabao Cup by Spurs.

The Gunners hoped of earning a place in next season's Champions League by winning the Europa League.

Arsenal faced Chelsea in the final in Baku, but the Blues demolished them 4-1.

It now means the Gunners will have to work on a relative shoestring this summer.

They are expected to have around £40m and are being forced to look at cheaper options, as they look to recruit in defence and replace the outgoing Aaron Ramsey.

What are Arsenal's 2019/20 fixtures?

August

11 Newcastle (a)
17 Burnley (h)
24 Liverpool (a)
31 Tottenham (h)

September

14 Watford (a)
21 Aston Villa (h)
28 Man Utd (a)

October

5 Bournemouth (h)
19 Sheff Utd (a)
26 Crystal Palace (h)

November

2 Wolves (h)
9 Leicester (a)
23 Southampton (h)
30 Norwich (a)

December

3 Brighton (h)
7 West Ham (a)
14 Man City (h)
21 Everton (a)
26 Bournemouth (a)
28 Chelsea (h)

January

1 Man Utd (h)
11 Crystal Palace (a)
18 Sheff Utd (h)
22 Chelsea (a)

February

1 Burnley (a)
8 Newcastle (h)
22 Everton (h)
29 Man City (a)

March

7 West Ham (h)
14 Brighton (a)
21 Southampton (a)

April

4 Norwich (h)
11 Wolves (a)
18 Leicester (h)
25 Tottenham (a)

May

2 Liverpool (h)
9 Aston Villa (a)
17 Watford (h)

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