Yesterday was the unofficial start of the top flight season with the Community Shield 2017 at Wembley between ourselves and Chelsea. Never has the Community (Charity) Shield meant so much with proceeds from the day to go to the community of North Kensington and of course towards the Grenfell Tower disaster fund. All families of victims as well as all of the emergency services that helped on the day were invited for to Wembley for the day as all the fans, players and staff in the ground paid their respects before the game.
It’s had been 71 days since we met and beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final, but just two weeks since they beat us 3-0 in Beijing, China with a strong team to our relatively soft team. We weren’t at our strongest for this game either, although new signing Lacazette was making his debut. However new German defender Kolašinac started on the bench with Ramsey, Ozil and the wayward Sanchez not involved apparently due to knocks. Koscielny was still suspended from last season as well.
Chelsea themselves have had Matic gone, Costa going by the looks of it but Michy Batshuayi was available and he finished strong last season starts and started up top. Surprisingly ahead of their new summer signing Morata who was on the bench. Both teams were allowed six subs. Before the game was started though a wreath of flowers were laid and a minute silence to respected to the victims of the disaster.
Bobby Madley go the teams under way as both teams looked to win but more importantly got their fitness levels up even more before next weekend. Lacazette showed early pace and with 37 goals last season and 109 in total for Lyon, the £46 million pound man was looking to impress. Welbeck had the first chance with a header though but that was followed by Lacazette who hit post. As for Chelsea, they looked a weakened team compared to last year but that comes with still loaning out so many players.
Cahill then elbowed Mertesacker but it was completely accidental, however blood went everywhere and so he had to go off to be stitched up, so Kolašinac got his first taste in an Arsenal shirt at Wembley. Willian was then tripped or was he, he was definitely knocked and it could have been a penalty but it could have gone either way to be honest.
Second half got off the a flyer. Chelsea had a corner cleared, we got out quickly as you do but Moses took a gamble on Cahill’s header back in. He controlled the ball brilliantly with his chest and hit a great finish for his first goal for a while. We hit back quickly but couldn’t find as a goal as Elneny cross come shot that was going in was saved by Courtois. Then Morata finally came on for them and as we were now chasing the game, Wenger brought on super sub Giroud
Chances came for both teams but then an absolute game changer as Pedro was sent off for a very nasty and shocking challenge on Elneny. Horrible in fact in my opinion as he had no intention to play ball. Thankfully Elneny was okay and straight from that free kick Kolašinac scored with back post header with just eight minutes to go.
The game went to penalties and we won via the new ABBA system, here’s how it happened:
A – Garry Cahill scored for Chelsea
B – Theo Walcott scored for Arsenal
B – Nacho Monreal scored for Arsenal
A – Thibaut Courtois missed for Chelsea
A – Alvaro Morata missed for Chelsea
B – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored for Arsenal
B – Olivier Giroud scored for Arsenal
Arsenal won 4-1 on penalties