Chelsea have discovered who they will face in next season’s Community Shield following Arsenal’s 2-1 win over the Blues in the FA Cup final at Wembley.
Goals from Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey saw the Gunners to victory over 10-man Chelsea, who had Victor Moses sent off but fought back to draw level through Diego Costa in between the two Arsenal goals.
The traditional curtain raiser on the season pits the Premier League champions against the winners of the FA Cup, but Tottenham were a potential opponent for Chelsea if they themselves had won the cup.
Rather than have two Chelsea teams face off at Wembley, the solution would have been even simpler had Arsenal not won the competition late on: draft in a runner up.
The question about which runner up can be easily answered by looking back at previous seasons. When a team wins the double, the second-placed team in the league is brought in to face the champions.
This season, that was Tottenham Hotspur, who clinched the runners-up spot behind the Blues and ahead of Manchester City and Liverpool.
Strangely, this would have meant that Spurs would earn a trip to Wembley before playing their home games there for the rest of the season.
But Arsenal rendered that argument irrelevant with a victory at Wembley as Arsene Wenger became the most successful manager in the history of the competition.