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Hello and welcome to a sun-drenched Wembley Stadium for the traditional
curtain raiser to the English top-flight season, the FA Community
Shield. It's the league champions, Chelsea,
against the FA Cup holders, Arsenal. And all the proceeds from today
will go to the Grenfell Tower disaster fund, and the families
of the victims, survivors and the emergency services have
all been invited today. On a poignant afternoon,
let's join our commentary team It is only 71 days since they were
here for the cup final. Yet these two have already met since. Two
weeks ago on a bumpy Beijing pitch, a strong Chelsea beat the
mix-and-match Arsenal 3-0. This should prove more than a level
playing field. Arsenal give a debut to Alexandre Lacazette, signed from
Lyon, having been linked with the Gunners were quite some time. Sead
Kolasinac is a substitute. It is a team without Aaron Ramsey and Mesut
Ozil, nursing injuries. Alexis Sanchez is not up to match fitness
and with questions hanging over staying and going when August has
passed. Chelsea look familiar. Nemanja Matic is gone and Diego
Costa will be going. Pedro is fit despite suffering a facial injury
against Arsenal at fortnight ago. Michy Batshuayi scored twice in that
game and ended last season strongly. The ?60 million man Alvaro Morata is
on the bench. 53 days ago, the whole of the country and in particular
London was rocked by the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Indeed, proceeds of
today's game will go to support those affected by the fire with the
FA and hoping to raise around ?1.25 million. Before take-off, flowers
will be laid. We will observe a period of silence to remember the
victims of Grenfell Tower. Alongside the FA chairman, Greg Clark, the
commander for Tower Hamlets in the London Fire Brigade. They are joined
by former Grenfell Tower residents. CHEERING
Bobby Madley is the referee with the honour of getting started the first
meaningful action for Premier League teams this season. A season that
promises to be exciting and might be a little bit different, starting as
it does with Arsenal playing Chelsea at the home of Spurs. Wembley will
be in the campaign to follow. I have the honour of sitting alongside Mark
Lawrenson. All the times I played in this particular game, it is about
fitness. Form is immaterial. Winning the game is not the be all and end
all. It is about being fit for next weekend. In Arsenal's case, they
play on Friday night. They do. Petr Cech is forced to leave his area
very quickly. Chelsea are looking to make a quick start to the afternoon.
Arsenal begin at home to Leicester City. The following day, Chelsea
will begin their title defence against Burnley at Stamford Bridge.
I am slightly surprised that Morata is not starting for Chelsea. If you
are Conte and you're thinking of playing him next weekend, why would
you not play him today? That went behind Batshuayi.
Oxlade-Chamberlain can gallop away. He is keen to take on Azpilicueta.
He brings in Alex Iwobi nicely. He has gone past David Luiz. Lacazette
wants it. It struck some Chelsea players before going behind. And
Arsenal bones was the last one. I would be worried if I was Antonio
Conte, looking at David Luiz. It was a non-challenge. Pathetic. Chelsea
have got away with it. Alexandre Lacazette scored 37 goals in his
final season at Lyon. 129 for his home club in total. The deal was
worth some within the region of ?53 million. Someone was saying on the
radio that Arsene Wenger does not spend money. They got rid of a chunk
in one go. You would have to lie down in a darkened room after
signing that deal. Antonio Conte would like to dispense more money
than he has, even though well in excess of 500 million has left
Stamford Bridge. They look thin on the ground considering the
competitions they will be end. So many players have been let out on
loan to all four corners of Europe. Not only that, the players that have
been let out in terms of the Premier League, they can have effects. That
is a chance for Welbeck. It was straight at Courtois. They did not
get any pace on the header. Those Chelsea players that have gone to
the Premier League, they can affect results for Chelsea. I find that
strange. I did late Arsene Wenger's Lane to the assembled media this
week. He started his press conference by saying, I am sorry
that I am still here, tongue firmly in cheek. Great. That ball was
always on. Victor Moses is coming in from the right. Mertesacker was well
positioned in the middle. I thought he made a mess of that, Iwobi, but
it worked out fine. That was a nice turn by Lacazette. Bellerin keeps it
in. This is Lacazette. This is Bellerin.
Arsenal are not done yet. That will be. There is the first real glimpse
of Alexandre Lacazette for Arsenal fans to enjoy at Wembley today. It
was a really good move. Nice awareness, Lacazette taking the ball
out of his feet, trying to bend it around. Very unlucky. Courtois was
not saving it. Into the challenge strongly goes
Danny Welbeck. It will be a corner. Arsenal fans will have enjoyed
seeing him tackle like that. It was a good tackle.
Fabregas. That is not away. It is Cahill. Rob Holding went for it.
That is not the way either. Holding went for it and caught when in the
face. I think it was accidental. It is a head injury. That is why play
has been stopped by Bobby Madley. Oh, dear. He has been caught. Yes,
they are both looking at the ball. It is the arm. Yes. Is entitled to
use the arm, Cahill, as leveraged to get off the ground. There is no
malice in that whatsoever. They are not taking any chances with Per
Mertesacker. It is not worth it. His season ended on a high note with the
FA Cup final 71 days ago. His Community Shield is ending early.
Monreal is now the commander at the back with Mertesacker having left
the field. Oxlade-Chamberlain. It did not flow for Arsenal. It was a
bit telegraphed. That is a beautiful pass from
Willian over to Pedro. Pedro takes an Rob Holding and Petr Cech as
well. Marcos Alonso. That was not his first offence. His name will be
taken. He can complain, but it is worthless. You knew that Pedro was
always going to get his shot away. It was a great ball by Willian. Ben
proud took it down beautifully. He is an underrated player. -- Pedro
took it down beautifully. Alexis Sanchez is in attendance today.
Pedro, half a touch and bang. I am told that officials will be having a
clamp-down on managers' behaviour in the technical area. Antonio Conte
will have to watch out for that. Cutting down on histrionics and
bleating into the era of in the fourth official. Was Willian
tripped? Bobby Madley says no, it was a dive. He will give a free kick
to Arsenal. He has already got the card out. He was a distance away,
Bobby Madley. Who, me? Let's see. He tripped himself. He made sure he
went down. There is a knock from Bellerin. It would have been soft,
very soft. It was the touch of his own leg that forced onto the floor.
He would argue that he was forced off balance by Bellerin. It was a
Lucy Bronze moment. It was not as bad as Victor Moses in the cup
final. It can be a grey area. You can fall without it necessarily
being a dad. -- dive. Oxlade-Chamberlain. Danny Welbeck
had to look. David Luiz has to be careful. Very nicely done.
Brilliant. It is probably only he who would dare that in that
particular situation. Very clever. It is a Arsenal who get the second
half started. Further substitutions have been made during the interval,
just one change, which was Mertesacker, off with a bloodied
nose in the first half and now Kolasinac is on in his place. The
second half begins with Chelsea conceded by Kolasinac. -- a Chelsea
corner conceded by Kolasinac. Gary Cahill is up. That surely missed the
kick. -- Batshuayi missed the kick. Stealing into school is Victor Moses
for Chelsea. Redemption for his FA Cup final and he really did steal
in. In the same box that he went down without any persuasion just ten
weeks ago. Quite simply, he gambled. If you are
watching the ball, Granit Xhaka goes up at the edge of the area and he
just gambled. That is what you get. Everybody else in the Arsenal
defence stood stock still. Took it nicely, Victor Moses. His first goal
since last November when he got the winner against Tottenham Hotspur in
the Premier League. And there is a bit of feeling in the celebrations
bearing in mind what happened to him in the cup final. Yes, as you would
expect. They will be back here in two weeks' time, Chelsea as their
first away game in the Premier League is against Tottenham.
Welbeck. Xhaka. Bellerin. David Louise takes no chances,
phrase we never used to say -- David Louise.
Elneny was given time to cross, but he did not cross. Well, I think he
did, and it turned into a shot but it was well dealt with by Courtois.
It was. I'm not convinced it was a shot on goal. It was going in the
goal. The Arsenal threat level has risen.
Mont Royale will attack on that one. But he never really did -- Mont
Royale. Nuisance value there. No, he did not
shoot on goal. Just hit across it. That is why he got the wrong effort
on it. Save made it look more routine than it was.
How tall is he? Six foot four? Six foot three. I don't know how long he
has been on now, but Arsenal will just not deliver the ball. Why are
you playing him? Get the ball in there, he will cause some damage.
Sometimes football can be extremely simple. It was Victor Moses who got
back to get it away. What a difference. All of a sudden you have
your opposition defenders running toward your own goal. It's a
completely different situation. Xhaka was urged to shoot, and he
does, and it draws a super save from Thibaut Courtois. It would have been
a goal to savour. A sweet strike. It seriously was. He only just got a
fingertip to it. The corn in, and the Cauna help. Goal kick, Chelsea.
Ball in the box, confusion -- the corner. He hit that at the same time
that the Arsenal fans were clearing their throat to shout, shoot! That
is a really good save. Has Morata had a kick yet? No. He
gets his head to that. That would still be no. Marcus Alonso to the
left, but Morata once it on the right. He looks for Morata, who was
in. Monreal thought better of it and let it run and it was just too far
in front of the striker. It is the pass of the game from Willian.
Nobody else spotted it. Great ball. This is a booking. Elneny was caught
as he said Giroud. Then it didn't go Arsenal's way, hence the free kick
for the Gunners, and Pedro will be treated, then get a card. And
rightly so that tackle. Yes, it is a poor tackle. Bureau overstretched in
making it. -- Olivier Giroud. Five yellow cards in the FA
Community Shield. But it has not been feisty, really. It's been
competitive. Oh, hang on. It is a red card. Forget that about five
yellow cards, it is for yellow cards and they read. A straight red for
Pedro. -- for yellow cards and a red card. That has got the crowd
murmuring. Pedro showed a straight red card for catching the Achilles
of Mohammed Elneny. But why, Antonio Conte a saying? It was reckless. It
was desperate. It was like a forward's challenge. I suppose the
phrases, does it endanger the safety of an opponent? I suppose it could.
Chelsea are down to ten players, as they were in the FA Cup final ten
weeks ago here. Antonio Conte a did not think it was a read.
Bobby Madley is one for the dramatics, because he did wait over
him a long time. I was going to say, what is he waiting for? It comes
from Xhaka, and into the net it goes. Arsenal are level, and their
new boy, Kolasinac has come to their rescue. It is a double whammy
against Chelsea. Losing Pedro, and then they just stopped defensively.
Nobody seemed to move. A game changing minute at Wembley.
It is one of those balls into the box that has brought Arsenal their
resort -- reward. Exactly. Just as Moses stole a march on Arsenal,
there are so many Arsenal players who could have scored the goal. Very
unlike Chelsea, defensively. There was a queue. Courtois Brilliant
Akiba Granit Xhaka not so long ago, but brilliant there -- brilliant to
keep out Granit Xhaka. He looked like he might be a favourite with
the Arsenal fans, and now he is. Seven minutes of the 90 to go, no
extra time, straight to penalties if level after 90. Morata is down and
they free kick. Clever play as well. He knew he was struggling a bit and
he held the ball up and just bought his team a free kick. Fabregas will
swing it in. Everybody up for Chelsea accept Azpilicueta. He is
trying to direct traffic from midway his own half. Fabregas has to find
the right ball, and it looks a good one headed wide but it wouldn't have
stood anyway. Just as well for Arsenal. A free header. Lovely ball
in from Fabregas. Here is Theo Walcott. He turns. What a good
challenge that is. Great block from Gary Cahill. That is what they are
good at, playing with three centre-backs. Courtois felt a twinge
as he made the save. Walcott was in there. Cahill flung himself at it.
Rudiger, beaten to it. Chelsea cannot take it any further. Moses
did really well and read the danger. Up towards Morata. Another head up
one. -- another header one. Given away to Musonda. Fabregas. Kante.
The last few seconds of the game, you would think. Five minutes of
injury time almost up. Cahill. Somebody is going to have to do
shoot soon if the game is to be one before penalties. Rudiger. David
Luiz. Not from there, not even him. That will do it for the 90 minutes.
It has finished honours even. 1-1. Chelsea in front as soon as the
second half started, through Victor Moses. Then with Pedro sent off for
a foul on Mohammed Elneny, Arsenal equalised from the resulting free
kick. A simple ball in, header from Kolasinac. Now we get ready for a
penalty shoot out with a bit of a twist, because the first time, we
are going to see the ABBA system. Team one goes first, then team to
goes second and third, then after that everyone takes one. A bit like
a tennis tie-break. There are, they say. Petr Cech won the toss to
decide which and the penalties would be taken. -- fairer, they say. Not
surprisingly he has chosen the Arsenal end. That was the damage
done to Per Mertesacker which saw him leave the field in the first
half. Nasty scar above the right eye.
Gary Cahill, having chosen to go first, is going to go first. Captain
against Captain. Gary Cahill favours a long, straight runner-up. -- run
up. And a blast into the net. One out of one for Chelsea. Good
penalty, and good body language as well, wasn't it? Very good.
Theo Walcott has not been on the field too long and not had too many
touches of the ball. One touch of it is all that matters here.
And Theo Walcott scores with the same effortless ease as Cahill. Yes,
slightly better I would say. Now Arsenal go again. This is where the
penalty system changes slightly from what we have been used to over the
years. You should know, you are a ABBA fan. There is a line about the
winner takes it all, but I won't. Nacchio Monreal. -- Nacchio Monreal.
And Monreal coolly sends Courtois the wrong way. Two out of two for
Arsenal, and now two in a row for Chelsea. He just guessed and decided
one way. Stepping up, Thibaut Courtois. And he blazes it will --
blazes it. That has gone so far over the bar. The gamble fails. That is a
poor penalty. Goalkeepers can take penalties and they kick the ball a
lot in the game. But that was a goal kick.
Two tried to repair the damage for Antonio Conte's please, it is going
to be the new boy, Alvaro Morata. It is saved by Petr Cech. -- Conte's
Blues. It goes wide of the post. Advantage well and truly Arsenal.
That was a scarf. It was nowhere near it. I thought he had got there.
It was against the post. Arsenal celebrating like they are nearly
there, which they are. They have to make to win a row. Score them both
and they win. -- they have two in a row. Oxlade-Chamberlain. He has done
it. Again, Courtois went very early. It is a really comfortable penalty
in the end. This is to win the FA Community Shield for the Gunners.
Olivier Giroud. He has suddenly become very popular with the Arsenal
fans. Can he make it a full set? Four
outdoor four? Giroud certainly can. It is Arsenal's FA Community Shield.
Lifting the shield for the 15th time. As the last time that they won
it, the victory has come against Chelsea. I think I am right in
saying a goalkeeper did not actually save a penalty. You are absolutely
right. Maybe that will be a talking point for Chelsea. Yes, it is the
Community Shield, but they are goalkeeper took one ahead of the ?60
million new striker. Discuss. 1-1 at full-time, but after penalties,
Arsenal have won the shoot out, 4-1. Four outdoor four for the donors.
Lennon from three for Chelsea. Disappointment for Thibaut Courtois
and company. Arsenal have a trophy. Congratulations. It was a dramatic
end to the game. How do you reflect on that? It was a good game. I think
both teams showed they are ready to compete and ready for the Premier
League. We had some players missing and everybody had to contribute to
today's victory. I am pleased with the way that we played, especially
when we fell behind and find the composure to play and keep going and
find the equaliser. It was very important. I think we showed good
composure during the penalty shoot out as well. All of our players did
not give a chance to Thibaut Courtois to save. What was going
through your mind when you saw a Thibaut Courtois take aspartic? It
is not the first time he has taken a penalty. -- sort Thibaut Courtois
take a penalty? We were together at Chelsea for the first year. Usually
he buries it in the top corner, the way I went. That is why I went that
way. I must have put him off. You try to change the corner and put it
too high. Bob Wilson will be smiling inside and outside as he hands out
-- as he hands out the medals to the Arsenal players. He was one of great
distinction. It is a coffee but it does not necessarily set out a mark
of how the season will go. As an example, the last time Arsenal won
the shield and went on to win the title was way back in 1935. Olivier
Giroud, the man who scored the kick to seal it in the end for Arsenal.
Per Mertesacker, who has got changed into his suit. He sustained a nasty
cut above his right eye. He has gone up to claim the shield in his role
as club captain. Koscielny, so than the regular captain on the field, he
did not play today, but along with Mertesacker, he will lead the
Community Shield for Arsenal. The season is under way with a trophy
lifted at Wembley. Will that set the precedent for good times ahead for
the Gunners? Congratulations, it is a ninth
straight victory for Arsenal at Wembley. What do you take away from
that performance today? It was a very team oriented performance in a
very strong way. When we had difficult moments, we were well
organised. When we were 1-0 down we responded well and kept our nerve.
Overall I feel we were unlucky to be 1-0 down. It was a question, do we
come back to 1-1 or not? From then on, I thought we looked like we
could score. Chelsea played well as well. It was an interesting and very
tense game. The game was very tough. Both teams tried to win the game. I
think that when we scored the goal, that was a good opportunity to
finish the game and to win the game. Instead, there is a free kick, and
also a red card for Pedro. I think it changed the game. A couple of
controversial incidents. You were talking about the Pedro red card.
Was that the right decision, as far as you're concerned? I can tell that
we are lucky. In the last two Michael game against Arsenal, in the
FA Cup and now in the Community Shield, we finish the game in both
cases with ten men. What did you think of Thibaut Courtois stepping
up to take a penalty for Chelsea? It is always... If he scores, he will
be stronger in goal. You are after. If he misses, it is not the same, he
has a bit of guilt. Maybe it can be a handicap. But it can go both ways.
The other controversial incident regarding Willian, who was booked
for diving. Was that the right decision? I think we were unlucky.
We were unlucky. It was very strange. In the last game, and in
this game. I can tell that we were unlucky. To receive a yellow card,
it makes you a bit angry. What else did you learn from today? That we
have to work very hard. Is this quite good enough to retain the
title, what do you think? I have already replied to this question.
Interesting I so you say to Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, to get involved
with the celebrations. How soon before we see them back in the
Arsenal line-up? Players, when you do not play, every player will tell
you that you do not feel as much part of it. If we are here today it
is because of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, a lot. And also Mustafi.
I wanted them to be part of it. How soon do you expect Alexis Sanchez to
be back in the line-up? As soon as he is fit. He works hard. He is a
fantastic guy. I cannot stop all the speculation. But I have come out
many times a mad. He is focused to do his job. Just to reiterate, as
far as you're concerned, Alexis Sanchez will be at Arsenal after
August the 31st? Yes. Arsenal pick up the Community Shield. I am joined
by Mark Lawrenson and Chris Sutton. Good to see you. It was clearly sent
is entered a penalty shoot out, but other are rather intense 90 minutes
for a friendly? Probably more intense than the Community Shield
would be. It is still very much a preseason friendly, but it is as
close as you can get to a competitive match. I thought the
quality was quite good today, apart from some of the penalties. We will
talk about that in a second. It was Moses Hougaard Chelsea in front in
the second half after being second best in the first period. I thought
Arsenal came out and were the better side in the first half. Chelsea came
out after half-time and Victor Moses did well with the goal. He gambles
were Cahill is going to head the ball. He gets in front of Bellerin.
Bad defending from Arsenal. That would have infuriated Arsene Wenger
after the first-half showing? Yes, it was such a bad goal to concede
early in the second half. Moses gambled and all the Arsenal whack
players did like statues. That is the worst thing. When you talk about
Arsenal and look forwards towards the season, can they win or get in
the top four, there are more questions than answers. Where are
the leaders? They do not have any. They went for zonal marking from the
coroner. I think it was Xhaka who cleared the ball. They were ball
watching. Credit to Moses, but Arsenal were terrible. Page one of
the defensive manual, even from back in your day. It was in black and
white. Chelsea had the chance to go 2-0 up. Willian was in the penalty
area and he went down. This is split opinions. He was given a yellow for
diving but you saw it differently. Ridiculous, for him to get a yellow
card for diving. It should have been a penalty. There was contact from
Bellerin's me onto Willian's left foot. It brought him down. It
should've been a penalty. Then he is booked to add insult to injury. I
did not think it was a penalty. The striker has gone for it. There was
enough contact to derail him. He was exhilarating. That is a good word.
No agreement as far as that is concerned. What about the Pedro red
card. I get the impression that you will agree it was justifiable? Was
it a former's challenge, yes, but was it endangering an opponent? I
think Bobby Madley got that spot on. I do not think it matters if it is a
former's challenge or a defender's challenge. It is a bad challenge. We
could not work out why Bobby Madley was waiting for so long. He was
waiting for him to get up. It was a double whammy, giving him the red
card when he was lying down. They can have no arguments about that,
Chelsea. Kolasinac scored at the death to take it to the penalty
shoot out. The Arsenal goal was after the Pedro incident. Chelsea
knocked off. As Arsenal knocked off for the Chelsea goal. It was the
reverse. And your impressions of Thibaut Courtois stepping up to take
a penalty when it had not gone to the sudden death is? There was
enough confusion in the stadium with this new ABBA system. It is not that
difficult. Some of the footballers were confused. It does not give
footballers are good name. You take one, we will take two. That was
bizarre, mind the windows with that penalty. I can understand. I wonder
why goalkeepers do not take more penalties. We live in a world of
statistics. The strike more dead balls than anybody else on the
pitch. It was a bad penalty. An interesting take on it from Petr
Cech after. He said that when he was at Chelsea, he knew that Thibaut
Courtois took a decent penalty. He also knew which way he was going to
go. It did not make a difference. Watford high road. I have been told
it has just landed. What can the managers take from today? Forget
about the result. Chelsea did not look too disappointed that they have
lost again. The fact is they drew. It is about being fit for next week.
Arsenal play on Friday. In these games, you're looking at your team
in relation to the opposition team, about fitness. I just think Chelsea
are short on numbers. They have let lots of the young players go out on
loan. I think they need to add. In the midfield area, they have
Bakayoko to come in. They need strength in depth. They are to meet
-- the competing in Europe this season. These sale of Nemanja Matic
was strange. This is a precursor to the Premier League season which is
only five days away. The whole game will be Phil on five live. It has
been a knockout day in the Premier League. One of the most sensational
Premier League games in history. A vital goal.
This is Daniel Sturridge. Round the goalkeeper and scores for Liverpool.
That could be a crucial goal. And the Premier League starts
under the Friday night Full commentary of Arsenal
against Leicester on 5 Live. Football Focus will have the key
action of that match at midday on Saturday,
followed by Final Score And then Match Of The Day will have
highlights of eight matches, including Chelsea starting
the defense of their title. We saw Chelsea in action today. You
have already mentioned the looking short in terms of numbers. Are they
good enough to retain the title? We know how hard it is for sites to
retain the title. Last season they did not have Europe to contend with.
This season, an two France, we want Chelsea to be strong in Europe. I do
not think they have an strength in depth. They have liked to many
players go. I do not think Conte is happy. He did not one Nemanja Matic
to go to United. There are questions over whether he has the power. He
will be knocking on the door of the chief executive, saying, we lost
that game, we need more players. What about Arsenal, a couple of
additions, notably Lacazette. He looked sharp. RDC is title
contenders? They have a chance. I would not call it serious. We cite
in moments today, they like real leadership and until the address
that situation I do not think they can win the league. We are always
optimistic about Arsenal, every season. I do not see it but I like
the look of Lacazette. He looked sharp and will be a good addition.
And your tip for the title? Manchester City. They have spent a
lot of money. And for you? I agree, Manchester City. I do not think the
Pep Guardiola will make the same mistakes as last season. They are
the bookies' favourite and they are rarely wrong. Thanks for coming. It
got off to a fiery start, the top-flight campaign in the Community
Shield today. Is that the sign of things to come with the Premier
League campaign around the corner? The first meaningful action for
Premier League teams this season. This is Lacazette. Was Willian trip?
Victor Moses for Chelsea. -- Willian triped. Pedro has got a red card.
Arsenal our level, Sead Kolasinac. Get ready for a penalty shoot out.
He blazes it ..this season,
the whole game in full It's been a knockout day
in the Premier League. The second half, Jermaine,
Manish Bhasin presents highlights of the traditional curtain-raiser to the Premier League season as Champions Chelsea face FA Cup winners Arsenal at Wembley.
Antonio Conte's team will be looking to quickly forget that 2-1 FA Cup Final loss to the Gunners at the same ground back in May, with both teams expected to show off some of their expensive summer signings.