Arsenal’s affair with FA Cups and Community Shields continue to scale new heights as the Gunners claimed their 15th Community Shield in style, downing the reigning Premier League champions Chelsea in a fiercely contested affair at the iconic Wembley Stadium.
This London Derby was surely also an eye opener for Antonio Conte’s defending Champions who were perpetually broke into as Lacazette launched his assault at Chelsea’s back-line in his very first competitive game for the North London outfit.
The Frenchman had a fiery debut in Arsenal colours, the out-and-out striker had a great opportunity turned down towards the end of the first half as his cheeky attempt on a Welbeck’s assist returned hitting the crossbars.
The 52-million-euros summer recruit made his presence felt throughout the game and announced to the fans that he will add the missing piece of Arsenal’s attack alongside Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
But it wasn’t just about the Arsenal’s new signing, it was one familiar figure, Danny Welbeck, who hinted a strong return after an injury prone last season. The English was at his lethal best and played a perfect support to Lacazette.
It was Chelsea to take lead in the clash with Victor Moses netting the opener for the Blues in a game which saw a frustrated young Batshuayi and an ineffective Alvaro Morata. The champions though were going pretty strong after scoring the first one in, but the celebrations ended just about when they could have begun as Sead Kolasinac, the Bosnian left back headed home the equaliser for Wenger’s men taking the game into penalties.
Penalties saw Arsenal emerge winners beating their arch neighbours 4-1 in English football’s first penalty shoot out to follow the ‘ABBA’ format. Chelsea’s man to bank on, Alvaro Morata had a horrible shot at post as he dragged the ball away from goal, following Thibaut Courtois’s wasted attempt.
Thus Chelsea had to settle with a loss in their first ever competitive game of the season after failing to score a single goal in the shootout.
There were some serious take-aways from the game for both Antonio Conte and Arsene Wenger, who had their preferable line ups tested ahead of a thundering season of English football.
Up next for the League champions are Burnley at home in the Premier League opener, meanwhile Arsenal will open their account in the league against the 2015 heroes Leicester City.