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Sport Emery out to end Arsenal's Man City hoodoo - Premier League opening weekend in Opta facts

14:10  14 june  2018
14:10  14 june  2018 Source:   goal.com

Arsenal eye moves for two French midfielders

  Arsenal eye moves for two French midfielders According to the Watford Observer, Unai Emery and Arsenal are set to choose between Abdoulaye Doucoure and Stephen N’Zonzi, as they look to sign a combative defensive midfielder. Arsenal have lacked a defensive powerhouse in midfield, with Arsene Wenger being heavily criticised over the fact that his midfield has been too weak over the past few years. However, with the arrival of Emery, The Gunners look likely to be finally plugging a gap, with either Watford’s Doucoure, or Sevilla’s N’Zonzi. Arsenal have been linked with N’Zonzi for years now, but a move has never come through, however, with Emery now in charge, a transfwr could finally happen, with the two being familiar with each-other from their time together at Sevilla, where N’Zonzi thrived. Doucoure has had a class season for Watford so he already has more recent experience of the Premier League than N’Zonzi, who had shaky spells at Blackburn and Stoke before joining Sevilla.

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The 2018-19 Premier League fixtures were announced on Thursday, with the visit of champions Manchester City to Arsenal the headline act of the opening weekend.

Arsenal's north London rivals Tottenham travel to Newcastle United, Liverpool host Manuel Pellegrini's West Ham, last season's runners-up Manchester United face Leicester at home and Chelsea travel to Huddersfield Town.

Championship winners Wolves will face Everton at home, Cardiff City will travel to Bournemouth and Fulham will welcome Crystal Palace to Craven Cottage.

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Arsenal have been warned to expect “a bumpy ride” under Unai Emery , with Matthew Upson pointing to Manchester rivals United and City as calling for the Frenchman’ s head for some time, with there a feeling that the north London outfit were regressing after slipping out of the Premier League ’ s top four.

Holders Chelsea are up against Burnley, Arsenal play Leicester City , Manchester United take on West Ham and Liverpool are at Watford. With the clock now ticking for the new season, we pick out some of the best Opta statistics for the opening weekend

Here, with the help of Opta, we look at two facts for each of the opening-day fixtures.

Bournemouth v Cardiff City

- This will be the first top-flight meeting between these two sides.

- Bournemouth have lost just one of their last eight league clashes with Cardiff (W4 D3), with their last meeting coming in March 2015 in the Championship (1-1).

Arsenal v Manchester City

- Arsenal are without a victory in their last five league meetings with Manchester City (D2 L3), and have won just two of their last 12 against the Citizens (D5 L5).

- At Emirates Stadium, the Gunners have enjoyed just one win in their last six league clashes with City (D3 L2), a 2-1 victory in December 2015.

Fulham v Crystal Palace

- This will be the fifth Premier League meeting between Fulham and Crystal Palace, with the Cottagers losing just the first of those games, 2-0 away in October 2004 (W2 D1).

Former Arsenal midfielder desperate to join Emery's coaching staff

  Former Arsenal midfielder desperate to join Emery's coaching staff Former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires has expressed a desire to return to the club as part of new manager Unai Emery’s backroom staff, according to Mirror Sport. The Frenchman believes he would be a good fit for Emery, and feels that he could help launch the post-Wenger era with the club. The 44-year old spent six years between 2000 and 2006 playing for the Gunners, and was an integral member of of the 2003-04 Premier League winning Invincibles squad. The 1998 World Cup winner still trains regularly with the first-team having maintained a close relationship with the club since departing for Villarreal in 2006, so wouldn’t need time to adjust to his surroundings. Talking to ESPN at Arsenal’s new kit launch, as cited by Mirror Sport, Pires said: “If I join Unai Emery’s staff, I think it should be good for me, and I hope it should be good for Unai Emery.” “I could be like a bridge between him and the players. Because I know the players. For two years I have trained with the guys. So all of them, they respect me.” “And I respect the players, I was an ex-player. So the relationship between the players and me is good. That’s why I think I can help Unai Emery.” Pires never held an official coaching position at the club under Arsene Wenger, but the Frenchman hopes he can continue to train with the squad. He continued: “I don’t know what will happen in a couple of months, but if I can train with the guys I will, because for me it’s very important.” “With Arsene Wenger it was easy to keep fit and to still train with the first team. So now, I need to talk with the new manager.” If Pires does join Emery’s backroom staff, he would join fellow former Arsenal man Per Mertesacker in starting a new role, with the German defender preparing to take up the role as Arsenal’s Academy Director this summer.

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- Overall in league meetings, Fulham have suffered just one defeat in their last eight games against the Eagles, winning five and drawing two.

Huddersfield Town v Chelsea

- Huddersfield are without a win in their last eight league meetings with Chelsea, (D3 L5), with their last league victory over the Blues coming in March 1963, via a 2-1 away win in the old Division Two.

- At home, the Terriers have lost each of their last four league matches with Chelsea; they have never lost five in a row on home soil in the league against a single opponent.

Liverpool v West Ham

- Liverpool have won each of their last three league games against West Ham, scoring four goals in each of those victories; they have never scored at least four goals in four consecutive top-flight games against a single opponent.

- Against no other side have the Hammers lost more top-flight games than against Liverpool (61, level with Everton).

Arsenal welcome City on the opening day

  Arsenal welcome City on the opening day Unai Emery will face the toughest of tests during his first Premier League game as Arsenal manager, welcoming the defending champions. The club confirmed that Pep Guardiola’s side travel to the Emirates on the opening day before the Gunners make the short journey to Stamford Bridge for their second game of the season. Starts don’t get much harder for Emery, who will be keen to hit the ground running in his new job. The run-in does get slightly more favourable for Emery, who will be pleased with the club’s Christmas schedule. The Gunners face Burnley, Brighton and Liverpool during the final stages of the festive period. Emery will be delighted with the end-of-season run-in with the Gunners set to face Watford, Palace, Leicester, Brighton and Burnley in their last five games of the campaign. As with every year, fixtures and kick-off times are all subject to change as and when the relevant games are chosen for broadcasting.

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Manchester United v Leicester City

- Manchester United are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games against Leicester, winning four and drawing three, and have lost just one of the last 18 (W13 D4).

- At Old Trafford, the Foxes have lost on seven of their last eight visits in the league (D1), scoring a total of just three goals in that period.

Newcastle United v Tottenham

- Newcastle have lost their last two league meetings with Tottenham, failing to score in both those games; they last lost three in a row against Spurs in December 2005 (four consecutive defeats, all without scoring).

- At St. James' Park, the Magpies have lost three of their last four league clashes with Spurs, the sole win coming with a 5-1 triumph on the final day of the 15-16 season.

Southampton v Burnley

- Southampton are without a win in their last three league meetings with Burnley (D1 L2), netting just one goal in total in those games, this after winning both of the previous two (2-0 and 3-1).

- On home soil, Saints have suffered just two defeats in their last 16 league meetings with the Clarets (W8 D6), although one of those losses came last time out at St. Mary's (0-1 in November 2017).

Watford v Brighton & Hove Albion

- This will be just the fifth top-flight meeting between these two sides, with Brighton unbeaten in the last three (W1 D2), after losing the first one, 4-1 in November 1982.

- Last season, the two Premier League meetings between these sides produced just one goal, courtesy of a winner from Pascal Gross at Brighton in December.

Wolves v Everton

- Wolves are without a victory in their last six league clashes with Everton (D4 L2), last tasting victory against the Toffees in May 2004 (2-1 at home).

- Wolves have failed to find the back of the net in each of their last three home league meetings with Everton (including two 0-0s), and have scored in just two of their last eight league games at Molineux against the Toffees.

Emery wants Bellerin to stay at Arsenal .
New Arsenal manager Unai Emery has told Hector Bellerin that he would like to keep him at the club beyond the summer. According to a report from the Mirror, Emery has made the Spaniard aware that he has a place in his squad for the new season, with the former Paris Saint-Germain boss continuing to put his stamp on the squad. Bellerin’s Arsenal future has been questioned in recent months, with the defender being linked with moves to Juventus and Barcelona. Emery has set out to reshape the Arsenal defence, with deals lined up for Borussia Dortmund’s Sokratis and German international Bernd Leno. Stephan Lichtsteiner became Emery’s first signing when he joined Arsenal on a free transfer from Juventus, which raised more questions about the Spaniard’s future. However, despite the Swiss’ arrival, Emery still sees Bellerin, who is under contract until 2023, as a key member of his squad.

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