In the pre-season ‘friendly’ yesterday at Wembley, Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 to win their second consecutive FA Community Shield. Before the match, we gave you five talking points to look out for, and one talking point in particular stole the show. Here are the things we learnt from the Community Shield…
Mourinho & Wenger still really don’t like each other
We all knew this going into the game, but few fans would have expected such a public and clear display of both managers’ mutual dislike. Wenger and Mourinho did not shake hands immediately after the final whistle, and following the trophy lift, Wenger made sure to avoid Mourinho by the tunnel. Tasty stuff, and the season hasn’t even started!
Arsenal look sharp
It’s still technically pre-season, but Arsenal undoubtedly look in great shape going into their first league game this weekend against West Ham. They have lifted three pre-season trophies this summer, not tasting one defeat in the process, and look very sharp. Don’t be surprised to see Arsenal hit the ground running and do well in the first month of the season.
Chelsea need Costa fit
News filtered through earlier last week that Diego Costa had sustained another hamstring injury and would be out of the clash against Arsenal. For Chelsea fans, it would be interesting to see how they coped without their star striker, with Loic Remy the replacement chosen for yesterday’s match. Overall, the Frenchman had an underwhelming performance, and Chelsea lacked any support up top to get things ticking. Though Hazard, Oscar and Willian looked slightly tired, their efforts were not helped by Remy, who failed to provide any real attacking threat. Chelsea could do with getting Costa back fit as soon as possible.
Cech has still got it
Arsenal’s only first-team signing of the summer has come in and immediately made his mark. Players such as Mertesacker and Arteta have explained how Petr Cech has brought with him huge experience and a massive confidence boost for the defence, and the Czech keeper will play a major role if Arsenal are to challenge for the title and progress in the Champions League.
Community Shield is more than a friendly
Even though the value of the Community Shield as a trophy will be questioned by some, the value in Arsenal’s performance cannot be underestimated. Their victory over Chelsea yesterday meant a lot psychologically for both the manager and his players – it was the first time Arsène Wenger has defeated Chelsea under Mourinho. On top of improving the fitness of both sets of players, it provided them with a taste of what’s to come in the Premier League between the big clubs.