Actually it is worth just adding one comment from the Telegraph’s preview regarding Coquelin:
He was utterly brilliant in the second half of last season and fully deserves to keep his spot.
That’s why you are better off reading Untold than the Telegraph. With us you know this stuff seven years in advance.
We all know of course that today doesn’t really matter much, and that if we lost 10-0 today and won the league it would be a very successful season. It would be nice to beat Chelsea, but I would sooner have us beat Chelsea home and away in the league instead. That would after be worth 12 points according to those who do that sort of funny maths.
Overall if you have been reading the series on pre-season games on the Arsenal History site (and if not why not?) you will know that pre-seasons don’t really tell us much – and nor do Community Shield wins. Here’s the most recent records…
- 2014: Won Community Shield, then came 3rd in the league, won FA Cup
- 2005: Lost Community Shield, then came 4th in the league, league cup semi-final
- 2004: Won Community Shield, then came 2nd in the league, won FA Cup
- 2003: Lost Community Shield, then won the league unbeaten, FA Cup and league cup semi-final
- 2002: Won Community Shield, then came 2nd in the league, won FA Cup
- 1999: Won Community Shield, then came 2nd in the league.
- 1998: Won Community Shield, then came 2nd in the league, FA Cup semi-final
So yes, winning is better but a replica of 2003 wouldn’t go amiss. At least not from where I sit in the stadium.
From the Anniversaries file…
- 2 August 1934: Lt Col Sir Henry Norris, the man who rescued the club from bankruptcy, paid for Highbury, brought in Herbert Chapman and created the modern Arsenal was laid to rest in the cemetery at East Sheen.
A full list of the major anniversaries each day are carried on the home page of Untold.