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Wenger: Kolasinac ideal for Premier Lge

07 August, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Carla Brady
  • 10m- Jean Pierre Papin from Marseille to AC Milan in 1992

Victory for Arsene Wenger's men means the Shield has seen the FA Cup victor beat the defending Premier League champion for four consecutive seasons.

However, Arsenal will take faith from May's FA Cup final, in which they triumphed over Antonio Conte's men in an impressive performance at Wembley, picking up their third cup in four years.

The Community Shield serves as a curtain-raiser to a new Premier League season, and Arsenal will face former champions, Leicester City, in the season's opener on Friday at the Emirates Stadium.

But Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois blazed his kick over the crossbar followed by striker Alvaro Morata also missing.

"We had some hard moments at the start of the second half but after that we dominated".

On the other hand, Chelsea's last season's star players Eden Hazard and Diego Costa are unavailable, with the Belgian playmaker recovering from a broken ankle and Costa exiled from the squad by Antonio Conte.

As expected, Alexis Sanchez, who only recently joined the Gunners for pre-season, will not be involved as manager Arsene Wenger doesn't think the reported wantaway Chilean is fit enough to feature.

'First in the FA Cup final, now in the Community Shield.




However, Arsenal levelled in the 82nd minute when new signing Sead Kolasinac headed home Granit Xhaka's free-kick.

Wenger also confirmed that he expects several players to leave the club before the end of the transfer window, with a squad of 33 listed on the back of Sunday's match programme.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was forced to give Kolasinac his debut before halftime due to a head injury suffered by Per Mertesacker.

At that moment Pedro, made a very stupid tackle after which he received the red card.

The France global has got his name on the scoresheet in pre-season and has been playing in a partnership with Olivier Giroud - the formation that Wenger fields will also be indicative of the club's potential tactics for 2017-18.

The sides couldn't be separated at full-time so the 2017 Community Shield was decided on penalties.

Chelsea were miserable in the penalty shootout, after Gary Cahill had scored the first one. Arsenal's firm stance on the player is admirable, but the version of Sanchez they will enjoy this season remains to be seen.

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