FA Community Shield
Arsenal 1 Chelsea 1
Kolasinac 82, Moses 46 Arsenal win 4-1 on penalties

Arsenal won the Community Shield on penalties after they and Chelsea had nullified each other out with a goal apiece in 90 minutes. Victor Moses gave the Blues the lead shortly after the break, but on his debut, Sead Kolasinac headed home on 82 minutes from Granit Xhaka’s free kick. Chelsea were reduced to ten men when Pedro was shown a straight red card for a lunging tackle on Mohammed Elneney. It was from the resultant free kick that the Gunners levelled. Neither side were able to craft a winner, and so, using the ABBA penalty system, Theo Walcott, Nacho Monreal, the outstanding Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and finally Olivier Giroud were successful past Thibaut Courtois to grab the Gunners their first trophy of the season. Courtois himself took Chelsea’s second spot kick and skied it so high, that it must still be coming down now. Blues summer signing Alvaro Morata also missed his spot kick before Giroud thumped home the winning penalty to record the Gunners ninth consecutive Wembley triumph.

Arsene Wenger was full of praise for Kolasinac who was a menace from the moment he replaced Per Merterscaker in the first half, the German caught by Gary Cahill’s elbow.

” He came on well. He’s normally a wing-back or a full-back but he can also play at centre back. He had a very interesting performance last week and I had a hesitation over playing him from the start today. I thought maybe the pressure of Wembley, but when he came on, he was outstanding.

” He is physically very strong naturally. There are players who are pumped up in the gym and players who are born strong. He is the second part,” said Wenger on the Bosnia Herzegovina defender.

” In the Premier League, power plays a part, but it’s not only that. We took him as well because of his attitude. I believe that the modern game doesn’t tolerate as many weaknesses as it did 20 years ago and you always need a combination of talent and attitude. He looks to me that he has good talent, but as well a very strong and determined attitude, supported by a strong body, ” continued Wenger.

The other summer arrival Alexandre Lacazette had a steady afternoon, we saw glimpses of his natural ability and his smart shot to hit the post deserved better. He will get there eventually is the consensus of opinion and that bodes well for Arsenal’s firepower.

With Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil not named for this fixture, we got to see the depth of this Arsenal squad, where Giroud, Walcott, Kolasinac and the young and talented Reiss Nelson were amongst the substitutes. How Wenger will accommodate, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin and Jack Wilshere will be interesting. For now the three in defence of Rob Holding, Mertersacker, and Monreal had the width of Hector Bellerin and Oxlade-Chamberlain, the latter had the measure of the Blues back line all afternoon.

Danny Welbeck was lively in a three pronged attack alongside Lacazette and Alex Iwobi as Wenger praised his team’s fight as he recorded another Wembley win over his cross capital rivals.

” I’m very happy because we won the trophy. The quality of the game was very good and the two teams gave absolutely everything. The two teams played with a lot of intensity and quality. Even when we were 1-0 down, we didn’t panic and kept control of our game to come back. Overall, the performance is a continuity of what we did at the end of last season.

” It is an interesting quality, but you know as well that the problem for the managers is to maintain that kind of spirit through the season, through difficult periods and to maintain that togetherness as well. You will have some individual disappointments through the season and it’s important that we focus on keeping together in every single game. The Premier League is very unpredictable because every game is a fight and as soon as you are a bit off you don’t win,” noted Wenger.