Date: 15th June 2017 at 8:39pm
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Manager Craig Shakespeare has described the 2017/18 Premier League fixture list as being both ‘challenging and exciting’ for Leicester City this year.

Having found out last Wednesday that we travel to Arsenal and the Emirates Stadium on the opening day of the campaign, Shakespeare felt that Leicester would be ready for the challenge ahead come August.

Speaking to lcfc.com to discuss the release of the fixtures ahead of our fourth consecutive year in the top flight, Shakespeare explained.

‘Fixture release day is always something to look forward to and this year we`ve been handed what is both a very challenging and exciting start, which is exactly what you have to expect in the Premier League.’

Opening the year with Arsenal, Shakespeare felt that the top flight would be as competitive as ever given the performances of the sides that were promoted last campaign.

‘We`ve had some great battles with Arsenal in recent years and travelling there on the opening weekend provides us with a chance to show just what we are capable of against a side that will be challenging near the top of the table. Of course, after that, we have our first home fixture against Brighton and I know that both the players and supporters will be equally excited to once again make King Power Stadium a place for other teams to fear.’

Having signed his new deal and being installed as our proper manager over the summer, there will be plenty of wheeling and dealing come the transfer window, but Shakey wanted that ‘togetherness’ in the group that has served us so well in recent seasons.

‘The quality of the Premier League is there for all to see and I fully expect it to be as competitive as ever. We`ll face challenges along the way but what we need is to keep the same togetherness between the fans, the players, the owners and the staff that has brought us so much success in the past.’

Onwards and upwards hopefully and our first bit of real business has now been done, but more on that in a minute.

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