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Yesterday Arsenal captured their 15th FA Community Shield when they beat Chelsea on penalties. The match was level until just after the interval when Victor Moses pounced on a loose ball in Arsenal’s area and tucked it away past a diving Petr Cech.
New signing Sead Kolasinac then brought the Gunners back even in the 81′, sending the game to penalties. Arsenal went 4/4 from the spot, while Chelsea managed only one strike from six yards, and even sent Thibaut Courtois to take a shot.
Community Shield Player Ratings
Petr Cech – 7
The goal he allowed was a great one; Moses was the only player on the pitch to predict where the ball would end up and he made no mistakes. Cech also saved three shots and made a fantastic sliding clearance during the match.
Rob Holding – 6
His displays from the end of last season earned Holding a start in the Community Shield, but he was a bit disappointing on the day. He made a couple of mental errors to give away chances, but nothing serious enough to hurt his team.
Per Mertesacker – 5
Just like the last time Arsenal played at Wembley, Mertesacker got the start and the armband. Unfortunately, the German went out early via a nasty cut to his face, so he didn’t make a huge impact on the Community Shield.
Nacho Monreal – 6
It seems like Wenger almost prefers Monreal at CB rather than LWB, as the Spaniard composed one-third of the Arsenal back three again. His positioning was great as usual, even when he was forced into the center of the line after Mertesacker’s injury.
Hector Bellerin – 6
Bellerin’s form was spotty last season, but he was on during the Community Shield. He used his speed to great effect on the right flank, and made some good runs to help out the attackers while aiding Holding in defense.
Mohamed Elneny – 7
A surprise starter for the game, Elneny proved his worth again with another tireless ninety minutes. The Egyptian passed the ball well and didn’t forget to provide cover for the back line when needed. He is a really underrated player.
Granit Xhaka – 7
The Swiss international seemed to pop up everywhere in this game. He took the corners, sat deep to protect his defenders, distributed the ball all over the field, and even grabbed an assist on the Kolasinac goal. Let’s just hope he doesn’t start earning red cards again.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6
Once again played out of position, and once again showed his versatility. Unlike in the FA Cup Final where the Ox struggled a bit, this trip to Wembley agreed with the winger far more. He found space and time on the left wing time and time again, and was solid defensively.
Alex Iwobi – 6
The young Nigerian continues to look bright for the Gunners; he made some great runs and was very comfortable with the ball at his feet. Iwobi even grabbed a shot on goal during the first half, and should at least figure in the Cup games this season.
Danny Welbeck – 8
Man of the Match. He exploited the space Lacazette created very well, and Welbeck danced around so many defenders it looked like he was at the Senior Prom. His work ethic was as high as ever as well, and the dearth of his name on the score sheet is a minor tragedy.
Alexandre Lacazette – 7
The only summer signing to start for either team, Lacazette used his movement and positioning very well, and even the experienced Gary Cahill had trouble containing the Frenchman. Lacazette didn’t score, however, only rattling the post; hopefully, he is saving his first goal for his competitive debut.
Sead Kolasinac – 8
He is called ‘The Hulk’ in Bosnia and given his tank-like features, it is easy to see why! Kolasinac stepped into the backline seamlessly when Mertesacker went down and powered a header past Courtois to send the game to penalties. He is worth every penny already!
Theo Walcott – 6
Before his appearance in the match, Arsenal’s right wing looked good but not great, and Walcott really put the pressure on near the end. He looked desperate to make an impact on the game, likely sensing that he won’t get an automatic place in the new system.
Olivier Giroud – 6
All eyes were on Lacazette today, but Giroud quietly put in a good substitute performance. The Frenchman used his physicality to wear down the Chelsea defenders but didn’t net his normal late goal.
Reiss Nelson – 5
Nelson raised a lot of eyebrows during the preseason tour, and Wenger rewarded the youngster with a late appearance against Chelsea. He didn’t have enough time to make an impact, but, hopefully, we will see a lot more from Nelson.
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