Courtois and Morata blunder help Arsenal win Community Shield

Trevor Jackson
August 7, 2017

Arsenal duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud then converted their kicks in succession to ensure the north London club started the new season just as it finished the last one - by beating Chelsea at Wembley.

LONDON-Arsenal will start the Premier League season on a high note after mastering the experimental ABBA penalty shootout pattern to beat Chelsea to the Community Shield.

Despite winning the FA Cup at the end of last term, Wenger's decision to sign a new contract proved a polarising move among the Arsenal faithful, who remain angered by their team's failure to qualify for this season's Champions League.

Chelsea had Pedro dismissed for an untidy lunge on Mohamed Elneny 82 seconds before Kolasinac converted Granit Xhaka's cross, but Wenger felt an Arsenal leveller had always been on the cards, irrespective of any numerical advantage.

However, as they aim to defend their Premier League crown this season, they'll do so with the added workload of UEFA Champions League.

Speaking after the game Wenger said: "I'm very happy because the quality of the game was very good and so was the intensity". "We had some hard moments at the start of the second half but after [that] we dominated the game".

After spending much of last season under fire from supporters frustrated by Arsenal's travails, Gunners boss Wenger hopes the new campaign is a far less turbulent affair. We always looked risky.

However, only seven winners of the trophy have gone on to win the title, with Manchester United the last to do so in the 2010-11 season. "I didn't see the situation".

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South Africa still had one final chance to turn things around by bowling England out cheaply, and created enough chances to do so. After England started their second dig, Morne Morkel removed both Alastair Cook and Tom Westley with the aid of gully catches.

Just like in the FA Cup final, Chelsea was reduced to 10 men.

"A lot of people have told me that the penalty was clear so there is frustration but we have to respect the referee's decision".

Alexandre Lacazette, given his Arsenal debut from the start, had earlier come the closest to a first-half goal, sending a strike against the post.

"The referee tried to explain about his decisions but there wasn't time because I wanted to ask him about the penalty but then we'd be here until nine o'clock!" We are working, we are trying to do our best.

The Blues appeared to be closing in on victory as new signings Morata and Antonio Rudiger were handed late debuts from the substitutes' bench, but the match turned when Pedro was shown a straight red card for bringing down Elneny with his studs raised from behind.

"First it was the FA Cup and now the Community Shield", he said, in reference to Victor Moses' dismissal last May.

"We had a tough pre-season, between the six days until we start the league, it is important to be focused on the next game". "Don't forget today Arsenal didn't play with many players, strong players".

The Italian was referencing Jose Mourinho's Chelsea finishing mid-table in 2015-16 the year after lifting the title.

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