Arsenal beat arch rivals Chelsea 4-1 on penalties in the Community Shield 2017. We look at 5 things that stood out from the contest between two of London’s elite clubs.
It looks Arsenal have finally captured an elite marksman. The Arsenal record transfer signing has had a mixed pre-season so far with two goals.
What is however evident to see is his sheer class infront of goal when his curling shot hit the post. His mobility and movement also seemed to bring out the best in Danny Welbeck who had an industrious afternoon operating from the left side of a front three.
Arsenal injury problems
New season, same old Arsenal, maybe not in all respects, but as far as player fitness concerns go, the Gunners notorious injury records is the stuff of legend.
The were already missing Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey to knocks and the unfit Alexis Sanchez and Shkodran Mustafi for this game. So seeing Per Mertesacker go off with a head injury in the first half would have been another concern for Arsene Wenger.
The season hasn’t even started and already injury problems are mounting.
Chelsea squad depth
All through the off season Antonio Conte has complained bitterly about his squad and the options available to him. He started the game without Eden Hazard, and new signing Bakayoko. Alvaro Morata had to be summoned from the bench to salvage the game for the Blues.
Perhaps he should put more faith in the talent within his youth ranks.
A clear illustration of the extreme spectrum’s of squad depth is illustrated in the official programme for the Community shield.
Redemption for Victor Moses
You could argue Victor Moses’ red card in the FA Cup final in May cost Chelsea the trophy. But on his return to Wembley he made up for it with a well taken goal. Moses is still a devisive figure at Stamford bridge with many fans clamoring for an upgrade on the former Wigan Athletic man.
Conte may look to sign a right wing-back to provide competition for Moses so his goal will have helped his cause greatly
Both Managers Still have Work To Do
It’s hard to read too much into what is effectively the last friendly of pre-season but you get the sense both managers will have plenty to ponder ahead of the start of the Premier League next weekend.
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It will be a huge shock if Conte and Wenger start the new campaign without reinforcements from the transfer market. Chelsea still need cover at both Wing Back positions, while Arsenal are yet to find a long term replacement for Santi Cazorla in central Midfield.
Arsenal enjoyed much of the better play in the first-half but then some sloppy defending right after half-time saw Chelsea score. That loss of concentration will have frustrated Wenger and Arsenal will need to make sure that doesn’t become a regular habit.