Yeah, the quick reviews are back, because I couldn’t be arsed to blog since the start of this season, given my hectic schedule. I attempt to keep up with Arsenal’s schedule from now on, but till then enjoy a quick recap of Arsenal’s season so far, in 11 quick reviews!
Arsenal 1 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 13) – Chelsea 0
Man of the Match – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)
Arsenal retained the Community Shield, again beating the defending league champions. This game was a contrast to last season’s 3-0 thumping of Manchester City, as Chelsea definitely looked stiffer opposition than their lighter blue counterparts. Arsenal had enjoyed a fine pre-season, with 4 win out of 4, while Chelsea had a wretched pre-season, losing two out of their 4 games.
There were other dimensions to this game as well, with Arsene Wenger opting to start with new signing Petr Cech in goal. The Czech Replublic international had joined Arsenal after a heavily successful decade with Chelsea, winning 4 league titles, 4 FA Cups, 3 League Cups, a Champions League and an Europa League title. Having been usurped from his position by Belgian international keeper Thibaut Courtouis last season, it seemed a perfectly correct decision to join Arsenal, who were looking for a top custodian. There was of course no love lost between the managers, Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho, with the backdrop of that ‘push’ at Stamford Bridge last season, followed by a nasty exchange of words from both sides.
With Alexis Sanchez still on holiday, following a busy summer with Chile at the Copa America, Arsenal started with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield, with the rest of the squad looking settled. With Spanish striker Diego Costa ruled out due to injury, France striker Loic Remy started up front, with new recruit, Radamel Falcao on the bench.
Arsenal began the brighter on a sunny day at Wembley, and they took the lead in only the 13th minute, when a rasping left footed drive from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain landed in the top corner of the net, having been set up by Theo Walcott. Brazilian midfielder Ramires headed wide from a Loic Remy cross, in a first half that had few chances. The game was so confined to the midfield that opposite strikers, Walcott and Remy had only 7 and 10 touches of the ball respectively.
Eden Hazard’s shot was wayward, before Petr Cech was called into action as he palmed away an Oscar free-kick. It was one of the rare moments Chelsea had in attack, as Arsenal managed to control the game brilliantly. Santi Cazorla and substitute Kieran Gibbs went close late on, but the game ended in a 1-0 win for Arsenal.
It was also Wenger’s first win over Mourinho, having failed in 13 past attempts. Even though Mourinho would brand this game as nothing more than a ‘pre-season’ game or a ‘curtain-raiser’, Arsene would surely have enjoyed this one.
Jai Arsenal 🙂
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