Arsenal claimed the first piece of silverware of the new English season by defeating London rivals Chelsea 1-0 at Wembley on Sunday.
The clash started in a very slow manner, as the two teams tried to feel each other out. The first real threat on goal came on 15 minutes, as Cesc Fabregas put Loic Remy through on goal, only for the Frenchman to be flagged offside.
The first attempt on goal came on 23 minutes. Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil found Theo Walcott with a cross and the England forward saw his header on goal saved by Thibaut Courtois.
The Gunners took the lead soon afterwards and Walcott was once again involved. Walcott found Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right side of the box and the midfielder fired a superb effort into the top left corner of Courtois’ goal.
A few minutes later Remy was again caught offside when full-back Cesar Azpilicueta had found him with a through ball. Chelsea went close to equalising on 33 minutes, as Brazilian international midfielder Ramires hit a shot from just outside the box which went narrowly wide of the right hand post of the Arsenal goal.
A few minutes later and Ramires had another chance this time heading over high over the bar from a Loic Remy cross. Arsenal threatened on 39 minutes, as Aaron Ramsey’s effort from the left side of the area went narrowly wide of Courtois goal.
Just before half-time Remy was caught offside yet again after Eden Hazard had attempted to play the French striker in on-goal.
Chelsea substitute Radamel Falcao had the first attempt of the second half on 49 minutes, but saw an effort from just outside the box blocked. Eden Hazard again attempted to play a ball through the defence, but this time Falcao was offside.
On 57 minutes Chelsea’s Brazilian playmaker Oscar hit a shot from just outside of the area that went wide of the Arsenal goal. On 61 minutes Hazard also fired over from just outside the penalty area.
The Gunners threatened again on 66 minutes, as substitute Olivier Giroud fired high over the bar from the left of the six yard box. A minute later and the Frenchman saw an effort from outside the box blocked by a Chelsea defender.
A few minutes later and Petr Cech was in action again, as the Czech international produced a save from Oscar’s effort from just outside the penalty box.
On 70 minutes Giroud was back in the action, as he fired an effort from the centre of the box over the bar. Four minutes later Cech again proved his worth as he produced a good save to keep out an effort from Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma.
The Gunners had a chance on 77 minutes though, as Oxlade-Chamberlain saw an effort well saved by Courtois to his right. Hazard saw an attempt on goal go wide a few minutes later. On 86 minutes Arsenal came close to doubling their lead.
Santi Cazorla hit an effort from the centre of the box that Courtois saved well. Aaron Ramsey then saw an effort blocked by the Blues defence. The Blues threaten the Arsenal goal on 88 minutes, as Branislav Ivanovic headed wide of goal from a Cesc Fabregas set-piece.
In injury-time substitute Kieran Gibbs saw a shot from the centre of the area saved low down by Courtois.
The champions failed to create any other major chances and the Gunners claimed what could be a morale boosting victory ahead of the new Premier League campaign.
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