Arsenal Learn Fate As FA Cup final Confirms Community Shield Fixture Against Man City.

Arsenal will take on Manchester City in this year's Community Shield after Pep Guardiola's side defeated Manchester United in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

After securing a top-two finish in the Premier League this term, the Gunners are in line to take part in the 2023/24 season curtain-raiser; otherwise known as the Community Shield against City who are once again the reigning champions of England.

The pre-season showpiece event, which takes place a week before the opening round of Premier League fixtures, typically takes place between the prior season's Premier League champions and FA Cup winners. However, on the occasion that the same team wins both, the team that finished second in the league will play instead.

Ilkay Gundogan scored twice for the Premier League champions, while Bruno Fernandes got the only goal for the Red Devils from the penalty spot, as Man City clinched their second trophy of the season following a 2-1 win.

With Inter awaiting Man City in Champions League final in Istanbul next Saturday, the opportunity is there for them to match Manchester United's historic feat of 1999.

The Gunners have been at the Wembley showpiece on 16 occasions, the last time being in 2020 when they beat Liverpool on penalties following a 1-1 draw.

Mikel Arteta's men have struggled against City in recent years, losing 15 of their last 16 encounters. The north London outfit had led the league for most of the 2022/23 campaign, sitting as many as eight points clear of Guardiola and Co as recently as April.

But an end-of-season collapse saw them hand the Citizens the advantage in the title race, eventually finishing five points behind their title rivals.

When does the 2023/24 season start?

The Premier League season will kick-off on August 12 and conclude nine months later on May 19, 2024.

The start is one week later than the 2022/23 launch as the schedule returns to normal following the Covid-19 pandemic and the Qatar 2022 World Cup, which provided disruption during the previous three seasons.

However, the fixture list provides for a return of the mid-season player break which will take place between January 13-20.

Fixtures for the new Premier League season will be revealed at 9am on Thursday June 15.

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