Published: Mon, August 07, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Courtois and Morata blunder help Arsenal win Community Shield

Courtois and Morata blunder help Arsenal win Community Shield

The match pits the Premier League champions and the FA Cup winners, while it takes place less than three months after the Gunners beat Chelsea at the same ground 2-1 in the FA Cup final; their third Cup triumph in four seasons.

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The full time whistle brought a penalty shootout, and the new ABBA format (think of a tennis tiebreak), with Thibaut Courtois and Morata both missing for Chelsea, allowing Olivier Giroud to give Arsenal the early season bragging rights.

Arsenal's season starts properly on Friday as Leicester travel to the Emirates, while Chelsea welcome Burnley to Stamford Bridge the following day.

While, there's a string on injuries in Arsene Wenger's camp with Aaron Ramsey (muscle injury), Mesut Ozil (knee problem) and Gabriel, Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin remain long term absentees.

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With Arsenal on the offensive, things got worse for Blues with Pedro getting a red card.

Wenger made two changes with 24 minutes remaining, Theo Walcott and Giroud replacing Iwobi and Lacazette, and Xhaka nearly equalised soon after with a superb 30-yard strike, Courtois producing a fingertip save to deny him.

However, there was nothing friendly about Gary Cahill's treatment of Per Mertesacker as Chelsea met Arsenal at Wembley this afternoon.

The sides couldn't be separated at full-time so the 2017 Community Shield was decided on penalties.

But Arsenal equalised in the 81st minute, via a header by Sead Kolasinac, Arsenal's Bosnian left back.

Arsenal have tapped the free agent market this summer and, like Liverpool, took a former Schalke player.

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