Friday, 20 July, 2018

Arsenal beat 10-man Chelsea on penalties to win Community Shield

Philippe Coutinho's future is in doubt Philippe Coutinho's future is in doubt
Vera Richards | 07 August, 2017, 02:06

This glorified friendly is between the previous seasons' Premier League victor versus the winners of the FA Cup - this year, it's Chelsea versus Arsenal.

"We want to be united and together through the season and hopefully we can be happy at the end of the season".

Chelsea will be looking to repeat their feat from 2006 when they defended the Premier League title under Jose Mourinho's stewardship, but Conte expects the challenge to be even tougher than last season, when his first year in England proved hugely successful.

"It can happen. Thibaut was one of our penalty takers and he has missed it".

It was the resulting freekick that saw Kolasinac score to bring Arsenal on level terms with Chelsea in the 82nd minute, and it led to a penalty shootout which the Gunners won 4-1.

Football in England will kick-off after 2-month long break with the Community Shield final, which is traditionally played between English Premier League champions and FA Cup winners.

Following Arsenal's victory, Wenger was quick to praise his new signing, paying attention to the strength of the full-back.

Chelsea inked striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid, midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco and defender Antonio Rudiger from Roma during the offseason, but those arrivals have been negated by the departures of Nemanja Matic and John Terry.

The last time these two sides were in the Community Shield was in 2015 - Arsenal winning 1-0 thanks to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's strike.

While Diego Costa and Eden Hazard will be absent for the game against the Gunners, Chelsea will still have plenty of menace in attacking areas.

"Well, I don't know if it was a sending off or not but at that moment we were dominating", Wenger said.

Chelsea TV presenter Lee Parker made the announcement from the player's dressing room at Wembley ahead of the Charity Shield match on Sunday.

Olivier Giroud is named on the bench.

Arsenal have tapped the free agent market this summer and, like Liverpool, took a former Schalke player.

But Arsenal equalised in the 81st minute, via a header by Sead Kolasinac, Arsenal's Bosnian left back.

However, there was nothing friendly about Gary Cahill's treatment of Per Mertesacker as Chelsea met Arsenal at Wembley this afternoon.

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