Arsenal lifted the 2017 FA Community Shield following a historic penalty shootout victory over Chelsea at Wembley.
The Emirates FA Cup winners and Premier League champions couldn’t be separated after a closely-run 1-1 draw in 90 minutes.
And the first-ever shootout on English soil using the ‘ABBA’ format of spot-kicks went in the Gunners’ favour, after Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois and record signing Alvaro Morata missed successive kicks for the Blues to give Arsenal an advantage they didn’t rescind.
- The FA Community Shield supported by McDonald's
- Sunday 6 August 2017
- Wembley Stadium connected by EE
- Live on BT Sport
- All proceeds donated to Grenfell Tower
For Chelsea, Victor Moses went some way to making up for his red card in the Emirates FA Cup Final in May by scoring the opener to seemingly set Antonio Conte’s side on their way to victory.
But it was Arsenal’s summer signing, Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac, who introduced himself to his new supporters in style by heading them level in the later stages to take the game to a shootout.
The first half was a fairly timid affair in parts with Arsenal’s other summer addition, Alexandre Lacazette, coming closest in the opening exchanges when he placed a shot against the base of the post after strike partner Danny Welbeck had teed him up in the box.
At the other end, a jinking run into the box from Pedro saw him fashion enough space to fire in a shot at goal but Petr Cech was equal to it.
The Shield may be the final friendly of the summer but there was certainly no shortage of competitive edge, with referee Bobby Madley making more cautions than either side were able to get shots on target.