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Shaun Goater: 'Important for Manchester City to win opener against Arsenal'

Goater: 'Man City must beat Arsenal'
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Former Manchester City forward Shaun Goater says that it is vital for Pep Guardiola's side to beat Arsenal on the first weekend of the new Premier League campaign.

Former Manchester City forward Shaun Goater has said that it is vital for Pep Guardiola's side to beat Arsenal in their opening match of the 2018-19 Premier League campaign.

The fixtures for the new season were released on Thursday, and reigning champions City face a trip to the Emirates Stadium to take on Unai Emery's Arsenal on the opening weekend.

Goater has claimed that it is "really important" for his former club to open with all three points in London.

"It's about starting well. City [will] want to get out of the blocks and then try and gain momentum from there. City will be looking to win that first game, which I think is really important," Goater told reporters.

City will also host Huddersfield Town and travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers in August, before starting September with a home game against Newcastle United.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool23193154134160
2Manchester CityMan City23182362174556
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs23170648232551
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd23135546331344
7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
9Leicester CityLeicester2394102929031
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
11Everton238693433130
12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132332-922
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2335152151-3014
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2325161340-2711

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