Full Match report on the Comunity shield game between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wemblely.


Arsenal overcame Chelsea in a 4-1 penalty shootout to lift the Community Shield at Wembley today and it was a less than enjoyable performance from the EPL champions.

From the very start, the Gunners were the better of the two sides and almost took the lead with an Alexandre Lacazette strike wasted itself against the post partway through the first half of the game.


The second half saw Chelsea make a tactical come back and were soon put ahead after Victor Moses capitalized on some major defending flaws which resulted from a corner.

The Blues looked good form then on until Pedro ate a red card ten minutes from the end of the game following a horrible challenge on Mohamed Elneny and the Gunner found the back of the net from the resulting set piece, thanks to Sead Kolasinac.

The game then entered penalties – where the FA's new ‘ABBA system’ was put to trial. Arsenal won that trial after Alvaro Morata and Thibaut Courtois missed their penalties for Chelsea.

Below are some of the things we learned today.

Victor Moses Is Back

The Nigerian international who failed his teammates in May's FA Cup final after he got sent-off for a second booking, leading to Chelsea's loss of the game, sure made amends today.

The 26-year-old was on fire after half-time and it was he who smashed the ball past Petr Cech.

Moses showed what a great asset he is in Conte’s system and his menacing runs down the right flank, a never ending threat for Arsenal, was delightful to see.


Chelsea Midfield Is In Trouble

The 6ft 4inches hole left by Metric was very obvious today as both a combination of Fabregas, William, Kante, and Pedro failed to hold play.

 Pedro did a better job of the lot as one of Chelsea’s brightest spots throughout the game and then killed it with his horror challenge on Egyptian International, Mohamed Elneny which gifted Arsenal the goal that brought them back into the game.

Just like in May, Chelsea was reduced to just 10-men and ended up paying dearly for it again.
If Pedro were there in the end, perhaps he would have taken a penalty in the shootout and brought home the trophy... this only makes the hurt worse for Conte.


Chelsea Attack None Existent

Everyone is calling Alvaro Morata’s debut for Chelsea today a horror show except new sports pundit Frank Lampard.

Batshuayi, having been so prolific in the preseason games, started the game but failed to make an impression after more than 70 minutes and so Antonio Conte brought on Morata to replace him and it was like jumping frying pan to fire for the Blues.

From what was seen today, both Batshuayi and Morata need more polishing but Batshuayi is the better of the two and so he, not Morata is going to get more playing time.

New FA Rules Won't Fly

In May, the British FA announced that there will be bans for players who dive this season but Willian’s booking today showed exactly how difficult it will be to judge such case. I mean with millions of eyes and cameras watching it was still hard to figure out if William got brought down under Bellerin’s challenge in the box or simply dived.

None the Brazilian was booked by refree Bob Madley and this all added to the presure of the game on the Blues... what with all their best men getting shackled with yellow cards or getting sent off outright? Blues Boss, Conte took the time to slam the refree in an intervew with the press right after the game.

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