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Arsenal win the Community Shield on penalty kicks

Posted on August 06, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal won the Community Shield on Sunday against Chelsea courtesy of a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes.

The game started in a lively manner and it was Arsenal who saw the first real sight of goal. Winger Alex Iwobi ghosted past two Chelsea defenders, before seeing his centre across the fact the face of the goal hit Alexandre Lacazette and bounced clear.

A minute later and Chelsea ‘keeper Thibaut Courtois produced a comfortable save from a Danny Welbeck header. The Blues goalkeeper was in action soon afterwards denying Iwobi at close-range after the Nigerian had received a clever through-ball from Mohamed Elneny.

The Gunners had a penalty appeal turned on 16 minutes, as Marcos Alonso fell under a challenge from youngster Rob Holding. Arsenal came close to opening the scoring on 22 minutes.

Lacazette found space just inside the area, curled an effort towards goal only for the strike to hit Courtois post and bounce to safety. In the quarter mark, Petr Cech was quick off his line to prevent Michy Batshuayi latching onto a short back pass by Hector Bellerin.

On 32 minutes, Chelsea had their first real threat on goal as Victor Moses forced his way through the Arsenal defence before drawing a low save from Petr Cech at his near post.

The Czech ‘keeper was in action on 35 minutes, as he parried away a Pedro effort from inside the Arsenal penalty area. Chelsea winger Willian was booked a minute later for ‘simulation’ after going down in the Arsenal penalty area under a challenge from Bellerin. Replays showed he clipped his own heels. Just before half-time, Courtois made a comfortable save from Iwobi.

Chelsea made a lightning start to the second half by taking the lead less than a minute into the second period. Gary Cahill kept the ball alive by heading the ball back into the danger zone, Victor Moses beat the offside trap to chest the ball down before firing past Cech.

Cech also made a comfortable save from Batshuayi soon afterwards. At the other end of the pitch, Arsenal’s first attempt of the second half came from Elneny, who fired wide from the edge of the penalty area.

Elneny nearly equalised on the hour mark, as a miss hit from wide nearly caught out Courtois, only for the Belgian ‘keeper to knock the effort over his bar for a corner kick. On 70 minutes, Chelsea’s David Luiz saw a long-range free-kick deflect tamely into the arms of Cech.

With a quarter of an hour left on the clock, Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka hit a powerful curling effort from long-range that drew a fantastic fingertip save from Courtois in the Chelsea goal.

Chelsea were reduced to ten men on 80 minutes, as Spanish winger Pedro was dismissed for a reckless late challenge on Elneny. The Gunners were level from the resulting free-kick.

Xhaka curled the free-kick into the area and substitute Sead Kolasinac got up the highest to head home the equaliser on his debut.

The next real goalmouth did not come until stoppage-time when Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata missed the target with a header from a free-kick. The effort was the last of the 90 minutes and went to a penalty shoot-out.

Arsenal then won the shootout courtesy of spot kicks from Theo Walcott, Nacho Monreal, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud, after Chelsea misses from Thibaut Courtois and Alvaro Morata.

Will the Community Shield win have an effect on the new campaign?

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