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Arsenal won the Community Shield

The game was packed with action as both teams gave it their all and it took penalties to decide the winner.

The first interesting situation came 50 seconds after the first whistle as Petr Čech came out of his box to clear the ball with a header, but his attempt was rather shaky and it simply caused unnecessary pressure in the Gunners’ ranks.

Both teams were playing open football, but Arsenal were much sharper whenever they had possession of the ball. The first good opportunity for Wenger’s side came after Iwobi completed a good run on the left flank and tried to pass the ball back to one of his teammates, but Lacazette was a bit too far ahead as Chelsea were lucky that their opponent could not capitalise on their effort.

Just a minute after, Welbeck also had a good opportunity as he was left unmarked, but his powerful header went straight into Courtois, who made a comfortable save.

Chelsea’s first dangerous situation came in the 19th minute following a pass form Fabregas, who gave it to Willian, but the Brazilian only got a corner out of the situation.

Arsenal’s response did not take long. Just two minutes after, Lacazette shot a precise curved ball into the far side of Courtois, but the crossbar denied Arsenal the lead.

A horrible mistake by Bellerin in the 25th minute could have cost Arsenal a lot, but Čech came out of his box and with a well-timed tackle cleared the ball from Batshuayi, who would have likely given Chelsea the lead.

In the 28th minute Per Mertesacker suffered an elbow and required immediate medical attention. The german fullback could not continue the game and was substituted by Kolašinac. Later in the game Mertesacker was seen on the stands with quite a number of stiches on his eyebrow. However, he is believed to be fit for Arsenal’s opening Premier League game against Leicester City on Friday.

Chelsea slowly started taking control of the game, following their slow start. Pedro had a great chance to open the score as he received a brilliant long ball from Willian, but his powerful shot went straight into Čech. In Chelsea’s next attack Willian fell a bit too easy on ground as he asked for a penalty, but the referee saw the situation well and gave him a yellow card instead. During the replays, it was clear that the slight contact between Bellerin and Willian was not enough to take the Chelsea player down.

The second half could have not started better for Chelsea as Moses gave his team the lead right after the start. The Blues from London were completely different in the second half as they dictated the tempo of the game, while Arsenal seemed like a completely different team from the first half.

As the game proceeded, Wenger’s side slowly started getting back into the game and started looking for an equaliser more often. However, the French manager of Arsenal surely has a few things to adjust when it comes to his defense and goalkeeper. Petr Čech kept coming out of his box in situations where the defenders could have easily handled the ball, which simply indicates the lack of synergy and trust between the back four and their keeper.

In the 80th minute Pedro was given a direct red card following a reckless challenge from behind. According to the rules of FA, Pedro will now miss the first Premier League games of the season since it was a direct red. However, all yellow cards from the Community Shield game do not add to the players’ Premier League records. Pedro’s red would have also not counted if it came after two yellows, but that was not the case in this situation.

Following the free kick after Pedro’s red card, Kolašinac opened his Arsenal record as he headed the ball into the back of the net and put things back to level.

The game went to penalties, where new rules were implemented. The first penalty was taken by Chelsea, while the following two penalties were taken by Arsenal and afterwards both team would take two penalties at a team each.

Penalties:

1:0 Cahil

1:1 Walcott

1:2 Monreal

1:2 Courtois – miss

1:2 Morata – miss

1:3 Chamberlain

1:4 Giroud