ARSENAL defeated Chelsea 1-0 in the Community Shield on Sunday (August 2), contested between the winners of the previous season’s Premier League title and the holders of the FA Cup. It was the first time Arsenal have beaten Chelsea in 14 meetings between the two sides.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho had referred to the hoodoo in the run up to the game, saying he would not have tolerated such a run of defeats. But it was Arsene Wenger who had the last laugh, although there remains no love lost between the pair, who did not shake hands after the game. Theirs is a relationship only likely to get frostier as the season gets underway.
It was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who scored the only goal of the game, with an excellent finish on top of some confident passing, Arsenal’s first goal against their London rivals in 506 minutes of football.
It was an assured defensive display from Arsenal too, with Petr Cech a new, organising presence in goal, which Mourinho gave a back handed compliment after the final whistle, telling the BBC: “The best team lost. And the defensive team won. If you want to be pragmatic, like I normally am, I say in a simple way, they score, they didn’t concede. Well done. Congratulations.
“Other clubs, other managers you say are boring, that they park the bus, I don’t agree with that. I say they were very well organised and because of that I give total credit.”
Wenger praised his players, pleased to have launched the season with a win over the blues: “It was important for the team to get that hurdle out of the way
“For me? No, because it is Arsenal versus Chelsea, it is not the two managers. It is two teams who play against each other.”