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Friday 4 August 12:17 Tweet
Arsenal v Chelsea - Community Shield - KO SUN 14:00
Just 10 weeks after Arsenal's 2-1 win over Chelsea at Wembley in the FA Cup final, the two sides meet again on Sunday as they contest the Community Shield.
However, The Gunners didn't find things so easy in Beijing a fortnight ago as they slumped to a 3-0 pre-season defeat against the Blues following goals from Michy Batshuayi (x2) and Willian.
League meetings between the sides last season saw two comfortable home wins, but Chelsea's total dominance saw them finish 18 points above Wenger's men as they eased to the title. The North Londoners suffered their worst season under the Frenchman as they missed out on a top four finish for the first time since 1996.
Arsene Wenger, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez all look set to remain at the Emirates despite their exits being rumoured for much of last season. Ex-Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette joined the club and has already scored twice in pre-season, including against Sevilla in Sunday's Emirates Cup fixture. Bosnian international Sead Kolasinac has also moved to North London from Schalke.
Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata have taken Chelsea's summer spending to nearly £130m as the Blues look to become the first side to win back to back Premier League titles since Manchester United in 2008 & 2009.
Arsenal have enjoyed their recent visits to Wembley having won their last eight matches there, including two Community Shield matches against Chelsea in 2015 (1-0) and Manchester City the previous season (2-1). They won't want to lose their final match before their league campaign kicks off against Leicester on Friday night.
As mentioned, The Gunners suffered an appalling season in 2016/17 and they haven't looked much better since with their only victories coming against Sydney FC, Western Sydney Wanderers and Benfica. Chelsea have also struggled so far this summer, losing to both Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup.
We're edging towards Chelsea on Sunday. However, with a little more at stake than in Beijing a fortnight ago, we can't see the Gunners being so submissive. We're going with a narrow win for the Blues.