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Arsenal v Leicester to be first Friday night start to Premier League season

• Emirates game to kick off season on 11 August at 7.45pm
• Bournemouth to host Brighton on Friday 15 September

The Premier League season will kick off on a Friday night for the first time, with Arsenal against Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium having been chosen for the somewhat contentious slot by Sky TV.

The definition of the opening weekend has been stretched, with Arsenal to host the curtain-raiser at 7.45pm on Friday 11 August. The league has announced the changes to the schedule driven by the TV companies and the standout detail is the earlier than expected start.

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