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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
1Manchester CityMan City97202632323
2Liverpool97201631323
3Chelsea96302071321
4Arsenal970222111121
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs9702167921
6Bournemouth95221612417
7Watford95131312116
8Everton94321512315
9Wolverhampton WanderersWolves943298115
10Manchester UnitedMan Utd94231516-114
11Leicester CityLeicester94051515012
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton93241013-311
13Burnley92251017-78
14West Ham UnitedWest Ham9216814-67
15Crystal Palace9216511-67
16Southampton9135614-86
17Cardiff CityCardiff9126819-115
18Fulham91261125-145
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield9036418-143
20Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9027614-82

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