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The Premier League season will kick off on a FRIDAY night with Arsenal hosting Leicester

The Gunners will kick things off against the 2015-16 champions

The Premier League season is still over a month away, but at least it’s on the horizon. 

Plus we now know when and where the first kick of the new Ordem V ball will take place – and it’s on a Friday night.

Wenger’s happy, at least

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Wenger’s happy, at least

That’s right folks, the 2017-18 season will begin on August 11 at the Emirates Stadium, with Arsenal kicking things off (literally) against Leicester ahead of the opening weekend of action.

The Premier League also revealed on Thursday that some games have been moved about for broadcast scheduling reasons between August and the start of October.

Not long now…

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Not long now…

This will be the first the time the Premier League season will start on a Friday night, and all eyes will surely be on Gunners new boy Alexandre Lacazette.

Half of the opening round of games have been moved for television, including Watford v Liverpool which will take place on Saturday lunchtime, while Brighton will begin their Premier League adventure against Manchester City,

Ready to see this lot?

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Ready to see this lot?

Perhaps this isn’t such a huge surprise, with a number of games played on a Friday during the first half of last season.

Sky Sports were permitted to show as many as 10 Friday night games in 2016/17, but took up this option on only half of those occasions.