Arsenal vs Chelsea, Community Shield 2017: Team news, What time is kick-off and what TV channel is it on

It’s the season’s traditional ‘curtain raiser’ as Premier League champions Chelsea face FA Cup winners Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley.

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When is it?

The game is on Sunday afternoon, before the final of the Women’s European Championships.

What time is kick-off?

The match gets under way at 2pm BST.

What TV channel is it on?

BT Sport 1 have live coverage from 1pm, or you can follow it at Chelsea Season.

What is the team news?

Arsenal

Arsene Wenger is close to having a full compliment to choose from at Wembley, but doubts remain over Alexis Sanchez and Shkodran Mustafi after their Confederations Cup exertions. Wenger said Sanchez looked like he had never been away in his first few training sessions back in London, but he will be assessed ahead of Sunday’s game.

Francis Coquelin is a definite absentee after an ankle ligament injury, but Aaron Ramsey is expected to recover from a slight muscular scare to partner Granit Xhaka in central midfield. New signings Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac are expected to feature prominently.

Chelsea

Last season’s star players Eden Hazard and Diego Costa are unavailable, with the Belgian playmaker recovering from a broken ankle and Costa exiled from the squad by Antonio Conte. Pedro is also a doubt meaning summer signing Alvaro Morata might start in a more withdrawn role behind Michy Batshuayi.

What are they saying?

Arsene Wenger

“For us it is just a good opportunity to repeat the performance from the FA Cup final.

“The two team will certainly go for the first trophy of the season with power and a desire as well to be ready for the championship, so that plays a part in it as well.

“I would say that Chelsea look like they have kept the basis of 95 per cent of their squad. They have added Bakayoko who is a very strong player, strong ball-winner, similar to Matic, maybe less distant runner but more of an impact player – but certainly they will fight for the championship again.”

Antonio Conte on Costa:

“I have to repeat the same? For me it’s very simple, the situation. I repeat what I said in the past, maybe 10 days ago. The player, his agent and the club knew very well the future of the player in the summer.

“They knew very well. For sure I don’t understand why lawyers are getting involved. I don’t understand this. The situation is very clear and is always the same.”

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