Competitive football will resume back in the English Premier League soon as Arsenal are set to battle it out against Chelsea in the Curtain Raiser Community Shield on Sunday. Both teams will be willing to unleash their new signings with Morata and Lacazette set to make competitive debut for Chelsea and Arsenal respectively.
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The Community Shield will be a repeat of the previous season’s FA Cup final for the first time since 2007, when Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties having lost to them 1-0 after extra-time in the cup final three months earlier
The FA Cup winners have never gone on to beat the same opponent in the following season’s Community Shield
The FA Cup winners have won each of the last three Community Shields. The cup holders had been victorious in only one of the seven Community Shields prior to this run (Chelsea in 2009)
This will be the third Community Shield between Chelsea and Arsenal – with the Blues winning in 2005 and the Gunners in 2015
Only Manchester United (nine) have been Community Shield runners-up more times than Chelsea and
Arsenal (both seven)
Arsenal v Chelsea will equal Chelsea v Tottenham and Chelsea v Manchester United (both four) as the most played fixture at the new Wembley Stadium
The last Community Shield winners to go on to win the Premier League in the same season were Manchester United in 2010
This will be Chelsea’s 12th Community Shield appearance. Only Manchester United (30), Arsenal (22, including 2017) and Liverpool (21) have made more (Manchester United have played 31 Community Shield matches as the 1908 edition went to a replay)
Chelsea have won the Community Shield four times (all outright) – 1955, 2000, 2005 and 2009. Their victories in 1955 and 2005 came as league champions.
Chelsea have lost their last three Community Shield matches – in 2010 against Manchester United, in 2012 versus Manchester City and in 2015 against Arsenal
This will be Chelsea’s 17th match at Wembley Stadium since it reopened in 2007, an outright record for a club (Manchester United are next, with 16 appearances). They have been victorious in 10 of their 16 appearances at the stadium since it was rebuilt (including one penalty shootout triumph)
Only Manchester United (21, 17 outright and four shared) and Liverpool (15, 10 outright and five shared) have won the Community Shield more times than Arsenal (14 – 13 outright and one shared)
Arsenal lost their first two matches at the new Wembley Stadium, but have been victorious on all eight visits since (including one penalty shootout triumph)
Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla are the only current members of the Arsenal squad to play in both their Community Shield wins in 2014 and 2015
Alexis Sanchez has won all six of his matches at Wembley Stadium for Arsenal and Chile, scoring seven goals. He has failed to score in only one of those games – the 3-0 victory against Manchester City in the 2014 Community Shield.