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Community Shield: Arsenal kickstart bid for new Premier League season with shootout win over Chelsea


Arsenal revved up their preparation for the 2017-18 Premier League season by edging Chelsea on penalties in the 2017 Community Shield on Sunday.

The final score was 4-1 after the shootout after the Gunners and the Blues fought to a 1-1 draw in normal time at Wembley Stadium.

Debuting for Chelsea, Alvaro Morata missed a penalty that shoved Arsenal to their 15th win in the competition.

Morata, a record signing, was a late substitute but he failed to impress after firing a wide shot in the match that was the first to use a new penalty shootout system.

Chelsea, the Premier League champions, went ahead through Victor Moses, before Pedro was sent off for an ugly lunge on Mohamed Elneny.

The Gunners levelled from the resulting free-kick as debutant Sead Kolasinac headed the ball home to force the penalty-shot showdown.

Applying the ABBA format, Chelsea miss back-to-back penalties to allow Olivier Giroud to win the match for Arsenal from the spot.

Under the new system designed to prevent a perceived advantage to the team going first, team A take the first kick followed by team B – before team B go again. Team A then get two successive penalties, a little like the tie-break in tennis, and so on until there is a winner.

It seems confusing but it went this way: After Gary Cahill’s opener for Chelsea was cancelled out by Theo Walcott, Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal stepped forward, correctly, for his kick but he was motioned by several of his Arsenal teammates, who seemed confused by the new system.

Monreal found the mark, before Courtois and Morata both missed awfully, as Arsenal fans behind the goal rejoiced.

That set up Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain first and then Giroud to score, kicking off the Arsenal celebrations.

After the win, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: “It is a dream to make the fans happy, a difficult dream, but we try hard. I would like that they stand behind the team as we might go through some very good periods and some not so good periods.’’

He added: “We want to be united and together throughout the season.’’

The shootout victory by Arsenal gave the FA Cup winning the last four wins of the Community Shield, with the Gunners responsible for three of those.

On the other hand, Chelsea have now lost their last four Community Shield matches. They last lifted the trophy on penalties in 2009.