Arsenal Defeats Chelsea In The Community Shield

Arsenal won the first trophy or the year after defeating their city rivals, Chelsea in the Community Shield, after the penalty shootout.

It was the first time in 8 years that this match was decided on penalties.

“It is a dream to make the fans happy, a difficult dream, but we try hard. I would like that they stand behind the team as we might go through some very good periods and some not so good periods.

“We want to be united and together throughout the season.” said Arsene Wenger after the match.

Thibaut Courtois and Alvaro Morata missed the penalties for the Blues and made it possible for the Gunners to raise the trophy of the English Super Cup.

The first halftime of this game was without goals, but everything had changed in the opening minutes of the second part when Victor Moses rushed into the box and used the pass from Gary Cahill.

He was left one-on-one with Petr Cech and the former goalkeeper of the club from Stamford Bridge was helpless.

From that moment on, the game opened and both sides started playing more offensive.
We have seen the desire on both part of the field, but nothing happened until the 80th minute of the match.

At that moment Pedro, made a very stupid tackle after which he received the red card. There was no need for such a brutal start, but the Spanish international was pretty reckless.

From that set piece, Sead Kolasinac made a perfect header after Granit Xhaka sent the ball into the goalkeeper area.
The Bosnian international was a substitution, and he entered on the pitch in the 34th minute replacing Per Mertesacker.

We have seen several good opportunities until the end of the match. Nothing worth mentioning has happened.

On several occasions, Theo Walcott was in good situations, but it is obvious that former English national team member is far away from his glory days.

After the extra times had been finished, the penalties had started.

Gary Cahill scored first for Chelsea, and Theo Walcott and Nacho Monreal were successful for Arsenal. And then something unusual happened. Thibaut Courtois took the ball and smashed it, sending it wide of the goal.
After him, Alvaro Morata the most expensive signing of the Blues during this summer, worth 65 million pounds, was also unsuccessful and Arsenal needed just two more to grab the first trophy.

 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud were cool enough, and they routinely outsmarted Courtois, causing the enormous eruption of joy among the Gunners fans.
For Arsenal, this was the third penalty shootout in the Community Shield. Before this one, they have lost two.
Also, they have extended the domination of Cup winners in this matches. 4 community shields in a row were won by the clubs who were victorious in the cup finals.

 

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