7 August 2017
FA Cup holders, Arsenal edged Premier League Champions, Chelsea 4 – 1 on penalties to win the 2017 Community Shield at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
Nigerian International, Victor Moses gave the Blues the lead in the opening minute of the second half before new signing, Sead Kolašinac equalized for the Gunners with a free header eight minutes from regulation time.
Victor Moses’ goal was his first in 27 games for Chelsea in all competitions, since netting against Tottenham in November 2016.
Bosnian International, Kolasinac also became the first player to open his goalscoring account for Arsenal in the Community Shield since Gilberto Silva in 2002
Chelsea were reduced to 10 men in the 80th minute when Pedro was shown a straight red card for a rough tackle on Mohammed El-Neny.
The match headed straight into penalties after the regulation time ended 1 – 1.
Record signing, Alvaro Morata and goalkeeper, Thibaut Cortouis both missed their spot kicks while Gary Cahill’s opener was cancelled out by Theo Walcott.
Nacho Moreal, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Oliver Giroud also converted their spot kicks for Arsenal in a first use of a new penalty shootout system, the ABBA format.
Sunday’s victory took Arsenal’s number of Community shield to 15 and the gunners are now second to Manchester United who have won the FA Community Shield a record 21 times.
Arsenal host Leicester City on Friday in the opening fixture of the 2017/2018 English Premier League while Defending champions Chelsea meet Burnley at Stamford Bridge in an afternoon kickoff next Saturday.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
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