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Arsenal 1 - 1 Chelsea (4-1) : Community Shield Match Report

Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea (4-1): Community Shield Match Report
6/8/2017

Chelsea got edged by Arsenal in Penalties to take the Community Shield, as Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois and Alvaro Morata lost Penalties each at the Wembly Stadium.

Arsenal started out very good, with pace that actually looked too fast for the unsettled Blues. Iwobi, Welbeck and Lacazette failed to capitalize on the the early chances created to put the Gunners ahead.

Using the counter attacking system, the Gunners had succeeded to spread some panicked into the Chelsea side, sending the Blues to the deep defending and counter attacking system in the early stages of the game.

Arsenal got pushed to do an early substitution after Mertesacker got injured in the 29th minute to bring in Kolasinac, but then Chelsea got hold of the game and controlled and Victor Moses got denied by Cech twice and Pedro's shot was also tipped over by Cech, who obviously got activated due to lack of defensive organization.

Early in the second 45, Moses got the blues leading after a poorly defended corner landed on a blue shirt and from there a superb assist, which was also perfect due to a good effort from the anticipating recipient Moses. Beating the defense he shot the ball into the net for the lead.

Big money transfer Morata had his first competitive start for the Blue outfit, coming in for Batshuayi but failed to get a good grip on passes sent to his direction, even a perfect opportunity created by Willan's pass was wrongly utilized.

Xhaka had tested the Chelsea keeper from long range but Courtois was capable, pushing the shot over the pole. But the Blues had more frustration on the way, as Pedro got sent off and from the free kick there after, Xhaka assisted Kolasinac for the equalizer.

The game was pushed to Penalties as both parties failed to score after 90 minutes of play. 

Penalties

Theo Walcott 1 - 1 Gary Cahill
Nacho Monreal 2 - 1 Thibaut Courtois
Alex Oxlade-Cham... 3 - 1 Alvaro Morata
Olivier Giroud 4 - 1
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