Arsenal beat Chelsea to win Community Shield in new penalty format

Sunday, 06 Aug, 2017

Conte plans to stick with the formation which served Chelsea so well last term.

"For me the situation is simple".

"I have another day to make the best decision".

"About whether there is the necessity to improve our squad, about our strikers - I replied". When you have Hazard and Pedro injured, I don't see other options.

"Courtois is one of the best players to kick a penalty", Conte told a post-match news conference.

"He is a victor".

"Because apart from Man United, who did win the Europa League, all the years before it was always a team who was kicked out of the Champions League by having been kicked out of it before".

The Chelsea squad totals 24 players but does include a fair few who won't be involved today.

The Blues had gone ahead through Victor Moses - who was sent off in the FA Cup final - before Pedro was dismissed with 10 minutes left of the encounter for a lunge on Mohamed Elneny.

This silverware win will give Arsenal huge confidence as they start their Premier League encounter against a tricky side, Leicester City on Friday.

"They have replaced Costa with Morata".

The game will also provide an opportunity for the Stamford Bridge faithful to potentially get a glimpse of some of their summer signings, with the Blues adding Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger to their already star-studded contingent.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will decide whether Alexis Sanchez plays in Sunday's Community Shield final against Chelsea at Wembley.

The Sanchez saga was the big talking point over the weekend when Arsenal won their pre-season Emirates Cup tournament without him.

The two teams were locked at 1-1 in regulation time which was evenly contested with first half belonging to Arsenal while Chelsea looked brighter in the second 45 minutes.

Should this game be tied at the end of 90 minutes, we will witness something new.

However, the first half was quite physical, with both teams taking the game seriously. "It's an important game".

If you were unlucky enough to miss it, think of something similar to a tie break in tennis.

And the game was decided with the new penalty shootout format - ABBA - which is certainly likely to split opinion, here are five things we learned from events at Wembley. Wenger will be hoping Lacazette will be Arsenal's top scorer this coming campaign after he broke the club record to sign the French striker from Lyon for £46.5 million (about $61 million).

The FA have cleared Nigerian worldwide Victor Moses to feature for Chelsea in Sunday's encounter at Wembley following his red card against the Gunners in the final.