Arsene Wenger on Sunday adds the Community Shield to the FA Cup following wins over the champions, Chelsea in recent months. Not bad for a manger whose supporters were protesting for him to leave because he was ‘killing the club’ a few months back.
In no small thanks to clinical penalties from Arsenal, and some dreadful efforts from Chelsea with Thibaut Courtois firing well over and Alvaro Morata scuffing wide, the Gunners won their third Community Shield in four years. This makes it their 14th shield, only four behind the 18 won by Manchester United.
Having fallen behind to Victor Moses’s 46th-minuite strike Arsenal could quite easily have crumbled against opponents who for so long had caused them grief but instead they kept going and, as was the case in May, found a way back via Saed Kolasinac’s late equalsier.
That took this match into penalties and, via the new Fifa-approved ABBA system, Arsenal triumphed 4-1 with their collective joy erupting after Olivier Giroud had rammed the decisive spot-kick past Thibaut Courtois.
Gary Cahill scored for Chelsea before Theo Walcott did the same for Arsenal. Nacho Monreal made it 2-1 for the FA Cup holders before then came the surprising appearance of Courtois as the next taker. He thrashed his drive over the bar, becoming the second goalkeeper to miss a penalty in the Community Shield after David Seaman,and when Morata also missed with a low drive that clipped the post, the writing was on the wall. Alex Oxlade-ChamBerlain made it 3-1 to Arsenal and Giroud did the rest.