Published On: Sun, Aug 6th, 2017

Arsenal beat Chelsea LIVE: Gunners win freak Community Shield penalty shoot-out


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Arsenal v Chelsea LIVE: Gunners celebrate their win

Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Cup final back in May to book their place in this clash.

However, Chelsea dominated the Premier League and earned their place at Wembley by virtue of a title victory in Antonio Conte’s debut season in charge.

Chelsea are favourites to win and beat Arsenal 3-0 in a pre-season friendly earlier this summer.

They have spent £130million on new talent, although Arsenal have themselves broken their transfer record with the signing of Alexandre Lacazette.

Alexis Sanchez may be fit to play today, while Lacazette is likely to start.

As for Chelsea, they have no Diego Costa as they striker seeks a move away from the club.

ARSENAL WIN THE COMMUNITY SHIELD: REACTION…

Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea (4-1 pens)

Our man Uche Amako at Wembley:

Arsenal just love Wembley at the moment.

And it’s back-to-back wins for them against their bitter London rivals. 

Arsenal’s response to going a goal down was impressive and they got a deserved equaliser through the excellent Sead Kolasinac.

They were then ruthless from the spot giving Courtois no chance with their kicks.

After Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-0 last month, Courtois gloated about leaving a mark on the Gunners but he now looks disconsolate as he goes to get his losers medal.

What was that about?

There would be outcry if they tested that penalty shoot-out format in the FA Cup.

What I couldn’t properly explain earlier due to time constraints was how it works.

The idea is to reduce the advantage of a team going first or second – although that has never really been one of football’s biggest problems.

Team A goes first, and then Team B get two penalties. Team A then get two and the sides swap like this until Team B take their fifth penalty.

Obviously, with Courtois and Morata missing for Chelsea Arsenal only needed four spot-kicks to win it.

PENALTIES: Arsenal 4-1 Chelsea

Giroud scores! Arsenal win the Community Shield!

PENALTIES: Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea

Oxlade-Chamberlain scores. That’s three penalties apiece now. If Giroud scored Arsenal win.

PENALTIES: Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea

Morata MISSES! He fires wide off the post.

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Courtois skies his penalty over the bar

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Chelsea players in the shoot-out

PENALTIES: Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea

Courtois MISSES! The goalkeeper skies it over the bar.

PENALTIES: Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea

Monreal scores – that’s the new system in action

PENALTIES: Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea

Walcott scores

PENALTIES: Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

Cahill scores

FT: Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea

The penalties are working differently here. The order will be ABBA. So, Chelsea go first, then two Arsenal penalties, then two Chelsea.

Confused? So am I.

FT: Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea

We’re heading to penalties boys and girls. No 30 minutes of extra time. After all, the players must be exhausted after playing a total of 90 minutes so far this season.

Our man Uche Amako at Wembley:

An entertaining 90 minutes between two evenly matches sides.

Kolasinac made his mark for Arsenal while Pedro left his own on Mohamed Elneny’s Achilles.

With no extra time, we see the introduction of the new ABBA system at Wembley.

Pens to be taken at the Arsenal end…

90+4: Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea

CHANCE! Mortal does get his chance at the death from the resulting free kick but heads wide.

Oh and the linesman has hit flag up. That spares the £70m signing’s blushes a little bit.

90+2: Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea

We’ve five minutes of added time here as Walcott scuffs wide a decent opening. That could have won it for the Gunners.

At the other end Morata wins a free-kick off Holding. Maybe one last chance for Chelsea here.

88: Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea

It’s getting niggly here. Both sides are conceding needless fouls and the game is limping to its end.

Alvaro Morata has finally touched the ball, winning a header against Xhaka. That’s pretty much been it from the ex-Real Madrid striker.

85: Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea

Remember, this match will go straight to penalties if it remains even. There is no extra time.

Nor will Pedro’s red card transfer into the new season, so he won’t be suspended for Chelsea’s Premier League opener.

No wonder this match is treated as a friendly…

81: Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea

GOAL! Sead Kolasinac scores immediately after Pedro leaves the field. Xhaka takes the free-kick and Fabregas plays the Arsenal players on side.

Kolasinac rises and heads into the net. We’re even at Wembley!

80: Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

RED! Pedro plants six studs into Elneny’s ankle and rightly gets sent off. That was late and nasty. Pedro suffers cramp in his right hamstring as well.

Elneny could have seriously hurt himself there. That was nasty.

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Theo Walcott is challenged for the ball

76: Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

SAVE! What a stunning block from Courtois. Dhaka lets loose from 35 yards and the ball is moving in the air.

But the Belgian goalkeeper stretches to his right and somehow gets a glove on the ball.

Rudiger comes on for Alonso. Chelsea may be setting up camp at the back here.

72: Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

Arsenal certainly have had the better of possession since the substitutions. But Chelsea are holding firm and are yet to be threatened.

The Blues may look to grind this result out now. Both Monreal and Bellerin are high up the field, penning back Chelsea’s wing-backs.

In response Conte brings on Morata for Batshuayi. Let’s see if he gets any service. 

69: Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

Lacazette and Iwobi come off for Arsenal, with Giroud and Walcott entering the fray.

Wenger’s side need a goal and Giroud proved something of a super sub last season.

Chelsea are yet to make a change, with Luiz fit to play on after that clash with Cahill.

63: Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

Our man Uche Amako at Wembley:

Chelsea pressed Arsenal from the get go in the second half and got a corner.

The Gunners failed to deal with it properly and were punished, with Victor Moses the quickest to react to Gary Cahill’s header.

Arsenal are only just now reacting to that goal. It’s been almost all Chelsea since.

60: Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

CLOSE! Elneny lashes a cross in from the right and it swerves towards goal. Courtois pushes it out for a corner but that was very close.

59: Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

CRUNCH! A horrible clash of heads between Cahill and Luiz and both Chelsea men go down.

Cahill forced Mertesacker off in the first half and may have hurt his team-mate here.

The England international is up, having run full pace and leapt into Luiz’s face.

Attention immediately turns to Antonio Rudiger. Could this be his time to make an impact?

52: Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea are enjoying themselves out here all of a sudden. I wonder what Antonio Conte said at half time.

The Blues have full control of the midfield and Arsenal are stretched trying to find Lacazette up top.

Arsenal have eight back defending as the Blues seek a second. They can’t weave it through the block of red, though.

48: Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea immediately hunt for a second. Fabregas takes a short corner and he’s on the byline, clipping into the box.

The ball goes over Cech’s head but is cleared away by a red shirt. Arsenal are rattled here.

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Victor Moses (left) celebrates scoring the opener

45: Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

GOAL! Chelsea are ahead 52 seconds into the second half.

Victor Moses fires home from close range having somehow got himself free.

Arsenal don’t clear a corner correctly and when Cahill heads back into the box Moses sneaks in to score.

HT: Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea

Our man Uche Amako at Wembley:

An even first half. Lacazette hit the post, while Pedro forced Petr Cech into a fine save.

But should Chelsea have been awarded a penalty?

On first glance it looked like Willian dived. But replays showed a slight touch from Bellerin. Enough to go down? That’s questionable.

Nevertheless ref Bobby Madley gave the Brazilian a yellow card.

HT: Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea

Lacazette gets away one final shot before the break but it’s easily saved by Courtois.

Arsenal will probably be the happier of the two sides, although Chelsea could bring on Hazard and Morata for this second half.

Just two shots on target between the sides shows it’s been a tame affair so far. But nevertheless entertaining.

37: Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea

PENALTY? No! Willian beats Bellerin to a loose ball in the box, ghosts past the Spaniard and then goes down. Was there a touch? It’s hard to tell. Willian looks as though he catches his own heel. But that wasn’t enough to go down, was it?

The referee blows his whistle and gives a free-kick to Arsenal. Willian is booked for the dive.

34: Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea

Our man Uche Amako at Wembley:

Arsenal’s decent start was almost rewarded when a sweeping counter attack saw the ball find Lacazette in space in the box but his shot bounced off the post with Thibaut Courtois well beaten.

A goal for the French striker today could really kickstart his season.

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Willian was booked for a dive – but should a penalty have been awarded?

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Per Mertesacker came off injured

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N’Golo Kante distributes the ball for Chelsea

27: Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea

OUCH! Cahill beats Mertesacker to the ball and his elbow comes down on the German.

Accidental but it was a real crunch. Mertesacker is bleeding pretty badly and the physio is straight on.

It’s all gone quiet at Wembley. Mertesacker is moving but it looks as though he’s been cut above the eye. A boxer’s injury.

He hobbles off. That will likely need stitches. Sead Kolasinac is coming on.

22: Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea

POST! Lacazette curls one and it clips the stump of Courtois’ left-half post.

The striker looks hungry today – that’s the closest either side have come to a goal.

The ball spills out to Bellerin but no one can get on the end of his subsequent cross.

19: Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea

We’re still awaiting the first real opener at Wembley as Chelsea work their way more and more into the game.

Petr Cech is yet to be tested by his former club, while Thibaut Courtois has had a reasonably routine start to the game.

Fabregas threads through a ball to Willian but Holding tracks the player and clears for a corner.

Chelsea take it short and mess it up completely.

14: Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea

Yellow card for Azpilicueta as he pulls down Lacazette. It was three-on-three there and the Chelsea defender hadn’t much choice.

7: Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea

Our man Uche Amako at Wembley:

A better beginning to the game from Chelsea compared to the FA Cup when they couldn’t handle Arsenal’s fast start.

The first half-chance went to the FA Cup winners with Danny Welbeck’s header saved comfortably by Thibaut Courtois.

5: Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea

Arsenal have started the more positively at Wembley, with Alexandre Lacazette looking sprightly.

Hector Bellerin drives forward but the push comes to no avail. Alex Iwobi reaches the byline on their next attack and flashes across goal – a deflection off a defender sees it out for a corner.

1: Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea

We’re underway at Wembley! It’s not quite full here – that corporate middle ring has the odd exposed seat, naturally – but the atmosphere is decent enough.

A moment of silence was held before kick off for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

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A minute’s silence was held for victims of the Grenfell tower fire

Arsenal v Chelsea: Wenger discusses Blues

Arsene Wenger discusses today’s match.

“For us, it is just a good opportunity to repeat the performance from the FA Cup final,” he said.

“I would say that Chelsea look like they have kept the basis of 95% of their squad. They have added Tiemoue Bakayoko, who is a very strong player, a strong ball-winner, similar to Nemanja Matic, maybe less of a distance runner but more of an impact player – but certainly they will fight for the championship again.

“They have replaced Costa with Morata. Morata is maybe less of a goalscorer than Costa, but he can score and provide as well.”

Arsenal v Chelsea: Conte explains Morata bench place

13:47: Antonio Conte has explained why Alvaro Morata is on the bench.

“I don’t know why people are surprised by this choice,” he said.

“It’s normal when a player arrives with me, he needs a bit of time to adapt to our football.

“He needs time to adapt to our idea, it’s very normal.

“It’s difficult for one player to arrive one day before and play the day after.”

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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata starts on the bench

Arsenal v Chelsea: Reaction to lineups

13:41: Our man Uche Amako is reporting from Wembley and has a look over the teams to start today.

ARSENAL

With less than a week away to the start of the season, Arsene Wenger will be concerned by the depleted nature of his team. 

But most fans will get the first real look at Alexandre Lacazette. 

And maybe Reiss Nelson, who has impressed so much in pre-season, will get a run out off the bench.

CHELSEA 

Antonio Conte names probably his strongest possible line up. 

Michy Batshuayi has a big chance to stake a claim for the lead striker spot as Alvaro Morata builds up fitness. 

Cesc Fabregas, up against his old club, will relish the chance to get one over them and show why he’s a suitable partner for N’Golo Kante.

Arsenal v Chelsea: Community Shield history

13:22: Arsenal have won two of the past three Community Shield matches.

One of those was against Chelsea two years ago, when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave them a 1-0 win.

This is the Gunners’ 22nd appearance in this match.

As for Chelsea, they have won just four of 11 previous games in the Community Shield.

Their last win was in 2009 when they edged Manchester United on penalties after drawing 2-2.

Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-1 in this match back in 2005 – the one and only time they have met in the season-starting clash.

Didier Drogba scored twice, with Cesc Fabregas netting a consolation for Arsenal.

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Arsene Wenger arrives at Wembley

Arsenal v Chelsea team news

13:00: Arsenal have left Alexis Sanchez out of their squad to face Chelsea at Wembley.

Alexandre Lacazette starts up front for the Gunners, with Olivier Giroud on the bench.

Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey are also out.

Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata starts on the bench, with Michy Batshuayi up front for Antonio Conte’s Blues.

Arsenal: Cech, Holding, Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin, Elneny, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Welbeck, Iwobi, Lacazette.

Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso, Willian, Batshuayi, Pedro.

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Arsenal and Chelsea fans make their way to Wembley

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Arsenal’s dressing room at Wembley

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The dreaded half-and-half scarf

Arsenal v Chelsea

12:45: This rivalry has intensified over the years and today could see sparks fly.

The Community Shield is meant to be a friendly of sorts but both teams want to take this match seriously.

The Premier League season kicks off next weekend and Arsenal have got of to poor starts in recent years.

Arsene Wenger has expressed his desire to get off to a better start this term – and what better than beating your rivals at Wembley?


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