Opposition Scouting Report: Titans Clash In The FA Community Shield
So, after a long summer interval, another season is set to begin; and surely it will be a big one for the English Champions.
Chelsea had a good show at the friendlies. All the major top flights squared off against some quality teams, so the competition was stiff and equal. But one major pre-season cup that matters the most for Chelsea is the Community Shield.
The Cup game looks to be an intriguing fixture as Chelsea will challenge their London rivals, Arsenal. This fixture has always captured eyeballs of viewers from all around the globe and this time the intensity would be at another level. Petr Cech is set to be staged against Chelsea, adding up spice to the existing rivalry in the London Derby.
The sparks are set to fly and we analyze how Mourinho’s men would face at the Wembley:
History of Arsenal:
Based in Holloway, London, Arsenal are one of the most decorated clubs in English football. Domestically, they have won 13 League titles, 12 FA Cups, and 2 League Cups.
Arsenal Football Club was found in 1886 in Woolwich and became the first club from the south of England to join the Football League in 1893. In 2003-04, Arsenal became only the second club to finish a top-flight campaign unbeaten.
Arsenal are in an amazing run of form and they have shown their goal scoring prowess in Emirates Cup as well as the Premier League Asia Cup. The Gunners have won both their pre-season cup and would like to add another trophy to their cabinet by winning the Community Shield.
Arsenal would like to go into the game with full confidence, as they will be defending the FA Community Shield, winning it in the last season. The last time Arsenal faced defeat was back in May when they lost to Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium.
Last 5 games (All competitions): W-W-W-W-W
Arsenal has three major injury concerns, as Danny Welbeck, Mathieu Flamini, and Tomas Rosicky are set to miss the Super Sunday London Derby at Wembley. With Welbeck suffering from bone bruising on the knee and missing the entire pre-season, he may miss the cup fixture. Speaking about Flamini, he is suffering from a knock on the ankle and could also make way for the revelation of the season for Arsenal.
Francis Coquelin and Rosicky are suffering from knee problem and Wenger spoke about his injury during the first day of Singapore tour,
“Rosicky came back with a knee problem from the Czech game against Iceland. Rosicky will be four to five weeks.”
Also, Alexis Sanchez is expected to be rested or at least benched after having represented Chile in a successful Copa America tournament, as an extended vacation for the forward is on cards.
Arsenal would possibly start with a 4-2-3-1 formation, as they did in their previous match against Wolfsburg. Kieran Gibbs would possibly start over Nacho Monreal. Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker are set to replace Gabriel or Calum Chambers in the defense. Hector Bellerin has looked good recently, but an experienced Mathieu Debuchy would be preferred over the youngster.
Also, Jeff Reine-Adelaide would be replaced by attacker Oliver Giroud and Theo Walcott would slot as a winger rather than a striker. Also, with the addition of Aaron Ramsey and Francis Coquelin to the midfield spot would help Arsenal to go 4-1-4-1, with Coquelin adopting the role of a destroyer.
Santi Cazorla: The Spaniard has been the silent contributor to Arsenal’s game play. Cazorla has been the key link in the attacks and surely been the underrated performer for Arsenal. The midfielder has been amazing with set pieces and possesses as a great threat from any range. With a great pre-season spell, Chelsea would like to keep him under check and would deploy Nemanja Matic to curtail Cazorla’s swift movements.
The absence of Alexis Sanchez could surely be something that would have given the defenders a sigh of relief. The Chilean could be used as a substitute but missing the pre-season could cost Sanchez a bit and Arsenal would want Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or Theo Walcott to deliver.
Head to Head:
Last time the two clubs had met the game ended in a 0-0 stalemate draw. But it was back in April when the two clubs had met and the scenario was completely different. Now, that Chelsea have a cup tie they would like to play a more attacking football and obviously would need to score to win this captivating fixture.
– Chelsea have won 3 out of 4 matches on neutral grounds against Arsenal.
– It will be Arsenal’s 21st appearance in the Community Shield, of which they have previously won 13.
– Arsenal’s last defeat in the tournament was to Chelsea in 2005, losing 2–1.
– Chelsea have previously played in ten Community Shields, winning on four occasions.
With the bitter “War of Words” already starting between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho, the London derby promises to be anything short of a battle. The winner of this combat surely gets the bragging rights for the season.
With so much hype around, Chelsea would want to win this match and continue from where they left off last season.
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Edited By: Harshal Ahire
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