Arsene Wenger will have a big smile on his face as he overcame Jose Mourinho for the first time in his managerial career after his Arsenal side beat Chelsea 1-0 at Wembley to claim the Community Shield.
Chelsea were hoping to make it a weekend of success after the women’s team took the FA Cup trophy just 24 hours before after beating Notts County Women 1-0, but the Gunners had other ideas.
Former Chelsea man and gentleman of the sport, Petr Cech, started in goal for Arsenal in what many believe to be the squad to pose a real threat for the premier league title this coming season.
The game was not much to shout about, both teams lining up strong, but with the new season on 6 days away, understandably they did not want to risk injury this close to the opening day.
With a few half chances for each team, it was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who would provide the all-important goal on 24 minutes, cutting in from the right to fire a sweet left-footed shot into the top corner past Thibaut Courtois.
Chelsea squandered two great chances to equalize afterwards, first when Ramires headed over from a Loic Remy cross and second when Eden Hazard was played in beautifully by Cesc Fabregas just to blaze his shot way over the bar from 15 yards out.
Chelsea fans will complain that Arsenal parked the bus and Mourinho himself said that they played the second half “with 9 players in front of the box,” but realistically, Chelsea have done that many times to get through a match and win, so I cannot see how Mourinho can complain like that.
Arsenal held on to lift the trophy for the second year in a row after overcoming Manchester City last year. That makes it 14 shields for the gunners, while Chelsea still sits on 4 shields.
Overall the game was not much of an event, mainly just the last game for these two teams to test out the fitness of their squads ready for the season, and that is how it felt, as many people have described it, a ‘glorified friendly’.
We will just have to wait and see what happens in the season to see who will come out on top.