Why Arsenal stun Man City to lift Community Shield

In a thrilling season opener, Arsenal secured a significant psychological boost as they defeated Manchester City on penalties to claim the Community Shield. The match saw 70 minutes of tense play, but it was Cole Palmer who appeared to seal the win for City with a spectacular curling strike as a substitute.

However, Leandro Trossard’s equalizer in the 101st minute, with a deflected shot into the net, kept Arsenal’s hopes alive….CONTINUE READING

The game eventually went to a penalty shootout, where substitute Kevin de Bruyne’s effort struck the crossbar for City, and Rodri’s shot was saved, setting the stage for Fabio Vieira to secure the silverware for Arsenal.

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Last season, Arsenal led the Premier League for an impressive 248 days but faltered in the closing stages, allowing City to claim the title alongside the Champions League and FA Cup as part of a historic Treble.

With the painful memory of their late-season collapse still fresh, Arsenal’s manager, Mikel Arteta, was determined to claim victory over City, who dominated their meetings in the previous season.

Arsenal introduced their big summer signings, Declan Rice, Kai Havertz, and Jurrien Timber, for their competitive debuts at Wembley. Although Havertz missed two significant opportunities in the first half, Palmer’s stunning goal put City in the lead.

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However, Arsenal demonstrated resilience and spirit, eventually finding the equalizer through Trossard before sealing the win in the penalty shootout.

For Arsenal, this victory comes as a much-needed boost following their disappointing end to the previous season. While the Community Shield triumph is not often an indicator of future success in the Premier League, it is a positive start for Arteta’s team. Guardiola acknowledged the impact of Arsenal’s summer transfer business, which has strengthened the core of the Gunners’ squad.

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Although the pressure of the Community Shield is incomparable to the intensity of a title race, Arsenal’s ability to fight back after conceding a goal is encouraging for Arteta, particularly after their collapse in the previous season. The victory hints at a potentially more competitive campaign ahead for Arsenal as they look to challenge for the Premier League title….CONTINUE READING