Sports Arsene Wenger's Comments After Arsenal Beat Chelsea to Win Community Shield

Posted August 07, 2017

Arsenal have left forward Alexis Sanchez out of the side to face Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley amid speculation the Chile worldwide wants to leave the FA Cup holders.

Sanchez led Arsenal with 30 goals last season, including the opener in its FA Cup final triumph over Chelsea at Wembley in May.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is desperate to increase the size of his "small squad" as the Blues prepare to defend its Premier League title.

Speaking ahead of the game, Conte says Arsenal are now a better team, following the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette, and with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez still at the club.

Elneny turned in one of his best performances yet for Arsenal to help Arsene Wenger's side remain in the contest after they fell behind to a Victor Moses goal at the start of the second half.

Manager Arsene Wenger believes midfielder Aaron Ramsey will play after missing training on Thursday due to a "muscular problem", while Francis Coquelin is ruled out.

4 community shields in a row were won by the clubs who were victorious in the cup finals.

Arsene Wenger hailed an "outstanding" Sead Kolasinac after the signing scored in Sunday's Community Shield victory, and said the defender's physicality will make him a flawless fit for the Premier League.

"He's normally a fullback", Wenger said of Kolasinac. Made a fantastic stop in penalties against Alvaro Morata, of all people.

Arsenal's mental strength has regularly been questioned in recent years, but Wenger was happy that his side showed the character to get back into the game and then go on to win it. We play on Sunday.

Olivier Giroud is named on the bench. - The last two red cards issued in Community Shield matches have been to Chelsea players (Branislav Ivanovic in 2012, Pedro in 2017).

- This was Arsenal's third shootout in the Community Shield, having lost its previous two against Manchester United in 1993 and 2003.

The second half was less than a minute old when Moses reacted fastest against a static Arsenal defence to thrash home Gary Cahill's header. Kolasinac met Xhaka's free-kick delivery easily to equalise for the Gunners and became the first player to score his first Arsenal goal in the Community Shield since Gilberto Silva in 2002.