Arsenal have taken out the Community Shield after a penalty shootout victory over defending Premier League champions Chelsea. Arsene Wenger named a fairly strong line-up that included record signing Alexandre Lacazette, Granit Xhaka and Per Mertesacker down the spine, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain continued in his unorthodox left wing-back role. Key omissions included Mesut Ozil, Alexis
Arsenal have taken out the Community Shield after a penalty shootout victory over defending Premier League champions Chelsea.
Arsene Wenger named a fairly strong line-up that included record signing Alexandre Lacazette, Granit Xhaka and Per Mertesacker down the spine, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain continued in his unorthodox left wing-back role.
Key omissions included Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey, Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi, while there is no return date in sight for Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla.
Came off his line well to clear a Chelsea through ball in the first half, but didn’t react quickly enough when Victor Moses found a way through on goal.
A decent showing from the 21-year-old who, despite being a little sloppy with his distribution, often made up for it in the tackle.
Forced off in the first half following a nasty collision with Gary Cahill that sliced him open.
Marshalled his backline well in the absence of Mertesacker and made the joint-most tackles on the pitch, alongside Alexandre Lacazette, Sead Kolasinac and Marcos Alonso. Took his penalty well.
A quiet afternoon for the Spaniard, who had little impact in defence or attack – unusual considering the license he had to get forward due to the cover he was offered with a back three behind him.
Arsene Wenger continues in hope that Oxlade-Chamberlain will make the most in his new left wing-back role, but the Englishman appeared somewhat awkward in the position and didn’t have much of an influence. Confidently dispatched his penalty into the bottom corner.
Played it simple in midfield and kept Arsenal ticking, completing 94% of his passes (58/62). Worked incredible hard and formed a decent pairing with Granit Xhaka in the middle.
Named the official Man of the Match, Granit Xhaka relished the opportunity to pull the strings from deep. His passing range was exceptional, finding Sead Kolasinac from a free-kick for the equaliser, and forced Thibaut Courtois into a full-extension save after a thunderous attempt from 30-odd yards.
An energetic performance from the 21-year-old, showing his pace and skill on a few occasions. Completed the most successful dribbles on the pitch – with three.
The former Manchester United man put in a typically industrious shift, working hard off the ball and laying on two tackles – one of which was a crunching challenge deep inside his own half.
Though there’s no goal to show for his efforts, Alexandre Lacazette put in a promising performance in his first official appearance for The Gunners. Hit the post with a curling effort inside the box, laid on three tackles and misplaced just one of his passes.
Played most of the game after replacing Per Mertesacker around the half-hour mark. Impressed with his robust defending and direct mentality he displayed when nearly dribbling the length of the pitch in the first half. Equalised with a header late on. Could be one of the signings of the season – he joined on a free from Schalke.
Came on for Lacazette in the 66th minute. Hit the winning penalty for Arsenal following Chelsea’s back-to-back misses from Thibaut Courtois and Alvaro Morata.
Replaced Alex Iwobi in the 67th minute. Stepped up first for Arsenal in the shootout and converted cooly.