Yesterday, the final week without Premier League football concluded, with Arsenal lifting the Community Shield, after beating London rivals Chelsea by a final score of 1-0, courtesy of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s 24th minute goal. Arsenal had been the better team in the first half, but clear-cut chances were a rarity in this game, which ultimately felt like a defensive contest.
In a more statistical sense, this victory represents Arsene Wenger’s first over Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in 14 games. Wenger’s Arsenal side had always struggled against Mourinho’s teams, but there has been a feeling of a turning tide at Arsenal over the last few weeks. With the acquisition of goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea in particular, the Gunners look like a confident title contender for the first time. Although, the Community Shield is an arguably overrated game of football, yesterday’s result will be the perfect confidence boost for Arsenal who will be kicking off their Premier League campaign against West Ham at the Emirates on Sunday.
As for reigning champions Chelsea, they will not be too concerned with this result and will still be oozing with confidence ahead of Saturday’s late kick-off against Swansea at Stamford Bridge.