Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea were defeated by FA Cup winners Arsenal at Wembley on Sunday in the Community Shield Finals. The Gunners went on to lift the season’s curtain raiser, which is a big boost for Arsene Wenger’s team six days ahead of the start of the Premier League.
This finals ended Chelsea’s eight-match unbeaten streak against the Gunners.
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The Gunners took the lead early in the first session. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fired a powerful left-footed drive at the top corner of the net in the 24th minute. The goal turned out to be Arsenal’s winner as Chelsea couldn’t find the target despite making several attempts at goal.
Former Chelsea custodian blossomed under Gunners’ bar on his debut for the North London outfit and kept the citadel intact by pulling off a number of saves in the second session when the Blues’ continuous attacking forays called him into action.
He parried away Oscar’s free-kick first acrobatically. Then Cech comfortably held on to Kurt Zouma’s header. Arsenal could have doubled their lead late in the match as Santi Cazorla and Kieran Gibbs took them close.
Both the English giants looked rusty through-out the game days before their premiership opener, a reason for both Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho to worry about.
Wenger though had a reason to cheer and celebrate after the long blast of whistle, as the Gunners under him defeated Mourinho’s Chelsea for the first time in 13 attempts.
The Chelsea boss called his opposite number a “specialist in failure” in February 2014. And an acrimonious war of words between the two was witnessed alongside the touchline during last October’s clash.