Uncategorized ARSENAL 1 CHELSEA 1 (4-1 PENS): COURTOIS AND MORATA BLUNDER IN SHOOT-OUT by admin August 6, 2017 written by admin August 6, 2017 ARS PEN 3 – 1 1 – 1 CHE S. Kolašinac (82) V. Moses (46) (FT 1 – 1) FULL-TIME: ARSENAL 1-1 CHELSEA (4-1 ON PENALTIES) GOAL! Arsenal have won the Community Shield! Giroud smashes a cracking shot into the top right-hand corner of the net to wrap up the shootout. A. Oxlade-Chamberlain Penalty SO Goal GOAL! It’s now 3-1 to Arsenal thanks to Oxlade-Chamberlain, who, like Monreal, beat Courtois with another low strike into the corner. Álvaro Morata Penalty SO Miss MISS! Morata tries to beat Cech to his right, but he scuffs his curling effort and sends it off the outside of the post. T. Courtois Penalty SO Miss MISS! Courtois surprises everyone by stepping up to take a penalty, but he skies his effort high over the top of the crossbar, much to the delight of the Arsenal fans behind the goal. Nacho Monreal Penalty SO Goal GOAL! Monreal calmly side-foots a cool strike into the bottom left-hand corner of the net to put Arsenal in front. T. Walcott Penalty SO Goal GOAL! Walcott makes it 1-1 with an equally good finish that sends Courtois diving the wrong way. G. Cahill Penalty SO Goal GOAL! Cahill blasts a wonderful strike into the top left-hand corner of the net to give Chelsea the lead. Cech and Courtois are making their way back out onto the pitch as the two teams get ready for the penalty shootout. It looks as if Cahill is going to go first… A determined fight back from Arsenal means that the Community Shield will be decided by penalties for the first time since 2009. Chelsea were victorious that year, but will they be able to do the same this time? This edition will see the new ABBA system in use, meaning that the team taking the first kick in each pair of kicks will alternate as the shootout progresses. 90′ + 5′ A poor pass from Bellerin can only find Musonda and allows Chelsea to push forward on one last attack, but they can’t do so quickly enough and the referee eventually brings an end to normal time. It’s time for penalties… 90′ + 4′ David Luiz lifts a cheeky chip over the top of the Arsenal back line and into the path of Morata inside the box. The Spaniard tries to unleash a first-time volley, but he’s unable to do so under pressure from Holding and Chelsea end up winning themselves a throw-in instead. 90′ + 3′ Walcott twists and turns on the edge of the Chelsea box as he tries to take advatage of slightly sloppy defending by the reigning Premier League champions, but he’s eventually blocked off by Cahill and can’t get the better of the centre-back. 90′ + 2′ Morata goes inches away from scoring! The new signing does well to force Holding into bringing him down over on the left wing, resulting in a free-kick for Chelsea. It’s curled in by Fabregas and brilliantly picks out Morata, who rises high but can’t hit the target with his downward header. 90′ The fourth official has indicated that there will be five minutes of added time. Can either side find a late winner? 89′ A thumping free-kick from inside the Chelsea half of the pitch picks out Morata on the edge of the Arsenal box. The striker rises high and then nods the ball down into the path of Azpilicueta, but Cech is there to cut out the danger at the vital moment. 88′ Musonda, who hasn’t been able to see much of the ball so far, is finally presented with a chance to break away quickly. He can’t make it count, though, as he’s almost immediately closed down by blue shirts and is dispossessed just outside of the Arsenal penalty area. R. Nelson D. Welbeck 87′ Arsenal have made a substitution, with Reiss Nelson coming on to take the place of Welbeck. 86′ Arsenal quickly win the ball back from the under-pressure opponents before pushing forward downt he right flank, but a pass into the path of Bellerin is poorly hit and rolls out for a goal-kick. 84′ It’s all Arsenal now as they continue to fly forward. Bellerin twists and turns deep down the right flank before the ball is eventually worked over to Oxlade-Chamberlain, who swings in a slightly overhit cross that is easily collected by Courtois. G. Xhaka Assist 82′ That was a great ball into the box from Xhaka, but Chelsea should have done much better defensively. Like Arsenal for the earlier goal, they switched off when it mattered, with Fabregas playing everyone onside. S. Kolašinac Goal 82′ GOAL! Kolasinac equalises for Arsenal! The new boy rises high from the resulting free-kick and reaches Xhaka’s cross, and he then nods a lovely header down past Courtois and into the bottom corner of the net. C. Musonda Willian 81′ Chelsea have made another late alteration, with Willian making way for Charly Musonda. Pedro Red Card 80′ RED CARD! Pedro flies into the back of Elneny and catches the Egyptian on the heel with a late, dangerous sliding challenge that leaves the midfielder in a lot of pain. The referee isn’t at all happy with the Spaniard’s tackle, and he doesn’t hesitate in giving him his marching orders. A. Rüdiger Marcos Alonso 79′ Another debutant has come on for Chelsea, as Alonso has departed for Antonio Rudiger. 78′ Space opens up for Chelsea as they push forward on the break, allowing Willian to get himself into a promising position. He then swings a cross into the box and over to the far post, where Morata sticks out a leg but can’t hit the target with his hopeful effort. 76′ The resulting corner is fired into the heart of the penalty area and picks out Holding, but the young defender is unable to keep his headed effort down and sends it sailing over the top of the crossbar. 75′ What a save by Courtois! Xhaka unleashes an almighty strike from 30 yards out that looks set to find the top left-hand corner of the net, but Courtois does brilliantly well to parry the shot wide of the goal with a great one-handed stop. Álvaro Morata M. Batshuayi 74′ A huge roar erupts from the Chelsea end of the stadium as new signing Alvaro Morata comes on to replace Batshuayi up front. 73′ Arsenal are knocking on the door, but Chelsea are doing well not to let them in. The Blues have looked much more defensively solid since the break, and they now look content to sit deep and defend before hitting their opponents on quick counter-attacks. 71′ Welbeck and Giroud initially link up well deep down the left flank, but neither are able to find a way into the Chelsea penalty area and lose out to Moses. The wing-back then tries to kick-start a counter-attack, but he’s clattered into by Kolasinac and wins a free-kick for his side. 69′ A determined Chelsea attack results in a free-kick for Chelsea in a promising position, and it’s one that David Luiz is eyeing up. The Brazilian steps up and instead chips a pass into the box, where it’s well dealt with by Arsenal and fails to result in a chance on goal. 67′ Welbeck muscles his way down the left wing as he tries to find a way into the box. He beats two players and then takes on Azpilicueta on the edge of the penalty area, but it’s the Spaniard who comes out on top with a clever interception. T. Walcott A. Iwobi 66′ And the second is Theo Walcott, who takes the place of Iwobi. O. Giroud A. Lacazette 66′ Arsenal have decided to make a double substitution as they try to get back into the game. The first player to come on is Olivier Giroud, who replaces Lacazette. 64′ Lovely play by Bellerin sets up Iwobi to fire in a low cross from the right wing. It rolls into the Chelsea penalty area and looks set to pick out Lacazette, but Azpilicueta is there to knock the ball back to Courtois, who then blasts it back up the pitch. 62′ Vital interception by Holding! Willian charges down the right flank on a wonderful run and then fires a low cross into the middle of the box, where it almost finds Pedro but is well dealt with by Holding at the vital moment. 61′ Almost another chance for Arsenal! The Gunners move the ball around patiently on the edge of the penalty area before Elneny eventually sets up Lacazette in front of goal, but the striker isn’t able to control the ball and knocks it out of play before eventually being flagged offside. 59′ Elneny goes close to equalising! Space opens up for the Egyptian deep down the right wing, allowing him to swing in a cross. His pass ends up looking more like a shot, and it forces Courtois into making a smart diving save at the near post. 57′ After a couple of minutes receiving medical treatment, Cahill and David Luiz are able to get back to their feet and the game gets underway once again. Chelsea try to quickly break down the right wing, but Kolasinac is there to out-muscle and dispossess Willian. 55′ The corner is swung into the middle of the box and finds Holding, who manages to get a head on the ball but can’t control it fully. Arsenal are able to keep the move alive, however, before a chipped cross is sent in by Monreal, but Cahill and David Luiz clash heads nastily and force the referee into temporarily pausing the game. 54′ Iwobi sends a lovely pass into the penalty area and towards Lacazette, who just about manages to get a toe on the ball to keep the danger alive. Bellerin is then set up over on the right flank, where, under pressure from Alonso, he does well to win Arsenal a corner. 52′ Pedro slides into Xhaka from behind and brings the midfielder crashing to the ground, resulting in a free-kick for Arsenal on the halfway line. It’s sent short and quickly worked down the left wing, where the ball is almost immediately picked up by a blue shirt. 50′ Arsenal break away on their first attacking move of the second half as they try to find a quick equaliser. The ball eventually falls to Elneny just outside of the box, but he scuffs his first-time strike and sends it high over the top of the crossbar. 48′ Chelsea quickly push forward once again and win themselves another corner. This one is sent short before Fabregas whips a lovely cross into the box that’s only just dealt with by Holding. Batshuayi then manages to get a shot away, but it’s easily stopped by Cech in the middle of the goal. G. Cahill Assist 46′ Cahill did well to set up Moses with a strong, looping header back into the penalty area, but Arsenal really should have done better defensively. Everyone seemed to fall asleep and left the Nigeria international all alone in front of goal. V. Moses Goal 46′ GOAL! What a start to the second half for Chelsea! An early corner isn’t dealt with at all well enough by Arsenal, allowing the Blues to come back once again. A header from Cahill beats all the defenders and finds Moses, who takes on Cech and gets the better of the goalkeeper from close range. 46′ We’re underway once again! The two teams are making their way back out on to the pitch ahead of the start of the second half. Neither side have made any substitutions during the half-time break. It’s been a relatively even game so far, although Arsenal have arguably been the better of the two sides and should head down the tunnel happiest. They started particularly well and caused plenty of problems for a Chelsea back line that looked slightly off the pace, resulting in Lacazette hitting the post with a wonderful curling effort. At the other end, the reigning league champions have created little, with Batshuayi struggling to get into the game despite some good play by Pedro and Willian on a few occasions. HALF-TIME: ARSENAL 0-0 CHELSEA 45′ + 3′ A chipped cross in from Oxlade-Chamberlain is met by Azpilicueta, who can only head it behind for a corner. Xhaka steps up and curls a deep ball into the box, but it’s slightly too heavy and fails to find a team-mate. 45′ + 1′ Chelsea are unable to fully clear the danger over on the left flank and gift the ball to Bellerin. The wing-back quickly moves it over to Welbeck just outside of the penalty area, but the forward brings a promising attacking move to a disappointing end with a wild shot that flies well wide of its intended target. 45′ The fourth official has indicated that there will be three minutes of added time. 44′ Space opens up in the middle of the pitch, allowing Iwobi to burst forward. He plays a quick one-two with Oxlade-Chamberlain and then manages to get a shot away from inside the box, but it lacks the power needed to trouble Courtois in the middle of the goal. 42′ Beautiful defending by David Luiz! A bouncing pass flies into the Chelsea penalty area and towards the Brazilian, who is immediately put under pressure by Welbeck. He does really well to knock the ball over the forward and up into the air, and he then coolly and calmly pulls off a backwards header that sends the ball into the hands of Courtois. The crowd loved that! 41′ Another attempted Chelsea attack breaks down, allowing Arsenal to fly forward over on the left flank. Kolasinac charges deep into the Chelsea half of the pitch on a wonderful run and then sets up Oxlade-Chamberlain, who fires a low cross into the box that fails to find a red and white shirt in front of goal. 40′ N’Golo Kante and Willian link up really well on the edge of the Arsenal penalty area before the latter tees up Batshuayi. The striker initially holds off his marker before spinning and getting a shot away, but, under pressure, he can only fire it straight into the chest of Holding. 39′ Poor play by Chelsea gifts the ball to Xhaka, who then quickly works it forward and out to the left wing. Oxlade-Chamberlain is unable to take advantage of the error, however, as a loose pass can only find a blue shirt in the middle of the park. Willian Yellow Card 37′ Big call by the referee! Willian skips into the Arsenal box and takes on Bellerin before throwing himself to the ground. He immediately screams for a penalty, but the referee isn’t at all impressed with the Brazilian’s antics and shows him a yellow card for diving. Marcos Alonso Yellow Card 35′ After Arsenal’s attempted attacking move fails to come to an end, Chelsea counter quickly. Willian fires a wonderful cross-field pass over to Pedro, who controls it well and unleashes a thumping strike that Cech comfortably saves. Arsenal then try to break forward on a counter-attack of their own, but they’re unable to do so due to a crunching challenge from Alonso on Bellerin. 34′ Arsenal are able to get back on the ball as they patiently work their way from one flank to another. Oxlade-Chamberlai is eventually set up just outside of the Chelsea box, but he’s quickly outnumbered and fails to get a shot away before being dispossessed. S. Kolašinac P. Mertesacker 32′ Kolasinac has indeed come on to replace Mertesacker in what is his official debut for Arsenal. 31′ The game gets underway once again after a groggy looking Mertesacker departs the field. Chelsea try to make their numerical advantage count as they pile forward, but Moses’ thumping low cross in from the right is deflected away by the outstretched limbs of Petr Cech. 30′ This doesn’t look good for Mertesacker, who is losing a lot of blood as he receives medical treatment inside the Arsenal penalty area. Sead Kolasinac is getting ready on the substitutes’ bench, and it looks as if he’s going to have to come on and take the German’s place. 28′ Victor Moses gets the better of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain deep down the right flank before trying to skip past Welbeck, who pokes the ball behind for a corner with an excellent sliding tackle. The set-piece is swung into the box and almost finds Cahill, but he ends up smashing into the nose of Mertesacker as the two battle for the ball, leaving the Arsenal defender in a heap on the floor and covered in blood. 26′ Holding charges deep into the Chelsea half of the pitch and does well to carve out a pocket of space for himself just outside of the box. He looks set to pull the trigger, but just as he’s about to, Pedro dispossesses him with a well-timed tackle. 24′ Azpilicueta tries to pick out Alonso with a lofted pass over the top of the Arsenal back line and into the penalty area, but it’s overhit and fails to pick out the wing-back near to the byline. 23′ Lacazette hits the post! Another swift counter-attack causes all sorts of problems for the Chelsea back line. Welbeck does really well on the left-hand side of the penalty area before setting up Lacazette, and the Frenchman then beats Courtois with a wonderful curling strike that smashes off the woodwork. 21′ Pedro embarks on a wonderful run as he darts through a sea of Arsenal shirts and into the penalty area. He heads towards the byline and then tees up Alonso, who tries to fire a cross into the box but sends it sailing out for a throw-in on the opposite flank. 20′ Fabregas knocks a lovely pass into the box and towards Willian, who is quickly closed down by Rob Holding and has to settle for a corner. It’s sent short before Fabregas eventually unleashes a cross, but it’s poorly hit and easily defended. 18′ Michy Batshuayi, who has been quiet so far, is eventually brought into the game after a deflected shot from Fabregas loops into his path. The Belgian is able to control the ball under pressure from Per Mertesacker but does so with his hand, resulting in Arsenal being awarded a free-kick. 17′ Slightly sloppy play by Chelsea deep inside their own half of the pitch almost results in David Luiz being closed down by Lacazette, but just as the Frenchman’s about to poke the ball away from him, the defender is able to knock it back to Courtois. Bellerín Yellow Card 15′ Ouch! Bellerin quickly becomes the second player to enter the referee’s book after catching Alonso with a late sliding challenge as the Chelsea wing-back tried to break down the left flank. 14′ The resulting free-kick is sent short before Monreal fires a great cross into the heart of the penalty area, where it looks set to find Lacazette but is well dealt with by Gary Cahill under pressure. Azpilicueta Yellow Card 13′ Victor Moses cuts inside and tries to take on a group of Arsenal players, but he loses out and allows the Gunners to counter quickly. Lacazette bursts through the middle of the pitch on a great run before being closed down by Cesar Azpilicueta, who cynically drags down the Frenchman and gives away a free-kick before being booked. 12′ After a tough opening 12 minutes, Chelsea are finally able to string together a decent string of passes. Cesc Fabregas then fires a long ball forward and into the path of Pedro, who manages to get a boot on the pass but can’t control it fully before being flagged offside. 10′ It’s been a really good start to the game by Arsenal, who are comfortably bossing possession. Once again, they move the ball around quickly before Iwobi skips towards goal, but he’s closed down by both Courtois and Marcos Alonso before he can get a shot away. 8′ And now Danny Welbeck goes close! A lovely lofted pass from Granit Xhaka flies over the top of the Chelsea defence and into the penalty area. It picks out Welbeck, who had made a great run forward, but his header lacks the power needed to beat Courtois. 7′ Alexandre Lacazette goes close! Alex Iwobi dances his way into the left-hand side of the Chelsea box on a wonderful run as he easily gets the better of David Luiz. He heads towards the byline and then fizzes a pass across the face of goal, where it deflects off Courtois and just behind Lacazette. 5′ Good play by Mohamed Elneny sees him muscle his way down the left wing and into a promising position. He then does well to work the ball over to the right wing and into the feet of Hector Bellerin, who swings in a low, bouncing cross that’s easily collected by Thibaut Courtois. 3′ After a patient start to the game by Chelsea, it’s Arsenal who push forward on the first real attacking move of the game. They work the ball around nicely before Oxlade-Chamberlain tries to pick out Nacho Monreal deep down the left flank, but his chipped pass is overhit and bounces behind for a goal-kick. 1′ We’re off! Chelsea get us underway, attacking from left to right. The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off. Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has made just one alteration to the team that featured in their final pre-season friendly, with new signing Alvaro Morata making way for Pedro, who has recently returned from injury. Arsene Wenger has decided to make four changes to the Arsenal side that started the 2-1 defeat against Sevilla last weekend, with Rob Holding, Per Mertesacker, Granit Xhaka and Alex Iwobi coming into the starting line-up to replace Laurent Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey, Joseph Willock and Mesut Ozil, respectively. Chelsea substitutes: Caballero, Christensen, Rudiger, Scott, Musonda, Boga, Morata. Chelsea XI (3-4-3): Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Batshuayi, Pedro. Arsenal substitutes: Ospina, Kolasinac, Willock, Nelson, Maitland-Niles, Walcott, Giroud. Arsenal XI (3-4-3): Cech; Holding, Mertesacker, Monreal; Bellerin, Elneny, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Welbeck, Lacazette, Iwobi. There’s just over 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this afternoon… Games between these two sides have always been exciting affairs, but they took on a new meaning last season. Arsenal’s 3-0 win in September was the catalyst for Chelsea’s switch to the three-man defence that brought them so much joy, whilst the Gunners’ victory in the FA Cup final denied Conte an even better start to his time in England. Which way will it go today? Both sides have spent handsomely in an attempt to strengthen their squads ahead of the new season, and some new faces are set to be on show today. Almost £150m has brought Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger and Alvaro Morata to the club, whilst Arsenal most notably splashed £46.5m on Alexandre Lacazette, who starts up front in his first competitive game in English football. As for Chelsea, they now face the tough task of improving on what was an excellent debut season for Antonio Conte. The Italian guided his side to the Premier League title with a record-breaking 30 victories, but he’ll be well aware how badly the Blues’ last title defence went. That started with a defeat to Arsenal in the Community Shield, and it’s something Conte will want to avoid as his team go in search of their seventh top-flight crown. The FA Cup triumph was the only bright moment in an otherwise deeply disappointing season for the Gunners, who have to head into the new campaign without Champions League football for the first time since 1996. A fifth-place finish means they’ll be featuring in the Europa League instead, and they’ll be desperate to hit the ground running with a win here today. The traditional curtain-raiser for the new Premier League season brings together the two sides that did battle in the final game of the last campaign, and what a fascinating encounter it’s set to be. 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