By Walter Broeckx
It would be interesting to see the line up for this first real competitive match in England.
Cech to make the start in the first match and that against Chelsea so a bit of extra spice for him. Oxlade-Chamberlain was in the starting line up and Walcott started up front. Giroud was on the bench and so was Iwobi. Martinez was the reserve goalkeeper.
The team that started was: Cech, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Ozil, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Monreal, Cazorla, Bellerin, Coquelin.
On the bench: Debuchy, Gibbs, Gabriel, Arteta, Giroud, Martinez, Iwobi.
Arsenal with a cross within the first 30 seconds but Courtois punched it away. Ramires putting his foot on Cazorla his foot but ref Taylor missed it in the opening minutes. Taylor inventing a foul when Arsenal was high pressuring Chelsea. Fabregas running in the back of Mertesacker causing some sore ribs with the first. It has to be said Chelsea certainly not parking the bus from the first minutes but trying to go forward and winning a few corners. 0-0 after 15 minutes.
Ramires kicking Özil in the private parts is missed by the ref, a foul by Coquelin not. Ramires again kicking Özil minutes later and so again Ivanovic on the achilles heel of Cazorla. A header from Walcott after that foul but straight at Courtois. Walcott going down in the penalty area then but Taylor is the ref. But the ball goes back to Arsenal and to Walcott who spreads it to the right where Oxlade Chamberlain is in some space, dribbles inside and unleashes a fierce shot ….GOAL!!!!! right in the top corner. 1-0 to The Arsenal after 24 minutes. What a cracking goal!
Chelsea trying to go forward but a cross is cleared by the Arsenal defenders after there was some space on our right hand side. Arsenal losing the ball too close in front of their penalty area but the shot from Ramires goes wide. Remy being offside but not given with a cross to Ramires but his header goes wide. Chelsea putting some big pressure on Arsenal now. But An Arsenal corner causing some problems in front of the Chelsea goal. And Ramsey hits the side net with a shot from the left. Arsenal on the right away with Oxlade Chamberain after some slick passing but Ivanovic can head the ball from under his cross bar under pressure from Monreal who only had to make a connection to put it over the line. Chelsea with a free kick in the last minute of the first half but the header is harmless and Cech can easily claim the ball. Arsenal lead 1-0 after 45 minutes.
Cech with a good interception on a cross from William in the opening minutes. Arsenal trying to be disciplined and a few chances to open things up but the pass didn’t find Özil on two occasions. Chelsea having most of the ball but not really threatening the Arsenal goal. Falcao almost getting away but Koscielny puts his body in the way and Cech can collect. Arsenal still 1-0 in front after 60 minutes.
Hazard suddenly in space then on the right hand side but he blasts over the bar under pressure from Koscielny. Giroud getting himself ready on the touchline. A wise move as the Chelsea defenders are having it too easy with the long ball from Arsenal. Azpilicueta gets a deserved yellow card for pulling Oxlade-Chamberlain down. Giroud comes on after 65 minutes for Walcott. And almost scores with his first touch but the ball goes over. Coquelin gets booked because…well it is Taylor one could say. On my stream I didn’t see a foul to be honest. Cech with a great save on the following free kick.
Cech again with two good interceptions on the resulting corner and Arsenal on the counter but Giroud cannot keep the ball down and he shoots over with his right foot. Koscielny also working miracles in the heart of the Arsenal defence with great blocks and interceptions. Still 1-0 to The Arsenal after 75 minutes.
Oxlade-Chamberlain with a left footed shot but straight at Courtois and that was his last contribution as he went off and Arteta came on. Ramsey moving on the right flank I think. Some real Chelsea pressure but Falcao cannot make the most of a dangerous cross. Özil goes off in the 81th minute and Kieran Gibbs enters the field.
Arsenal still under a lot of pressure but winning a corner after Courtois lets a ball run off his foot. But it comes to nothing. Arsenal then on a counter but Cazorla cannot get the ball over Courtois and the rebound from Ramsey is deflected just wide. Taylor letting things go a bit one sided resulting in some angry players and some pushing and shoving and a free kick in favour of Chelsea of course. Taylor giving a few free kicks in favour of Chelsea. The ball bouncing around the Arsenal penalty area from head to head and Cech can claim the ball. 4 minutes of extra time
Free kick to Arsenal at the other end when Giroud is chopped down by Cahill. Santi hits the wall and the ball goes out for a corner. Monreal being clever and winning a good foul on the half way line. Santi releasing Gibbs but again Courtois can stop the Arsenal player.
Extra time is up now ref. 1-0 to the Arsenal!!!!!! FINAL SCORE
Arsenal win for the 6th time in a row. Wenger wins from Mourinho so that can be put to bed now.
Arsenal again with the Community Shield and makes it 3 trophies in a row in pre-season. Not that the 2 other really count of course.