The FA Community Shield

Take a look back at the history of Arsenal and Liverpool in the FA Community Shield

Friday 28 Aug 2020
Liverpool's Mo Salah and Arsenal's David Luiz during a Premier League clash between the teams last season

Just 29 days will have passed between Arsenal coming out of the Wembley tunnel to claim their 14th Emirates FA Cup title and taking to the hallowed turf once more to face Liverpool in the FA Community Shield supported by McDonald's.

With 15 wins (including shared titles) and 23 appearances each in the competition, there isn’t much to separate the two teams in the history books but will that translate to the pitch this time?

The Reds ran away with the Premier League last term as they claimed their first league title for 30 years, finishing a mammoth 43 points ahead of the Gunners.

Arsenal v Liverpool
  • FA Community Shield supported by McDonald's
  • 4.30pm BST, Saturday 29 August 2020
  • Wembley Stadium connected by EE
  • Live on BT Sport in UK

And FA Cup wins in 2001 and 2006 has meant that Liverpool have lifted the Shield twice in the absence of league titles while Arsenal has achieved the feat a staggering eight times over the same period.

Both Mikel Arteta and Jurgen Klopp oversaw their teams' stutter to the end of the season despite the latter being so dominant prior to postponement and the former picking up yet another FA Cup.

But both teams now have the opportunity to start the new season with another trophy for the collection.

Klopp will have the added incentive of losing last year’s Shield after a 1-1 draw with Manchester City and a 5-4 defeat on penalties while Arteta will be aiming to win the Shield with Arsenal as both player and manager having come out on top in 2014 and 2015.

There have been three Community Shields played between the two teams over the years so let’s take a look back at each of them and refresh our memories.

Arsenal's Edu and Ashley Cole attempt to halt El Hadji Diouf in 2002

2002 - Arsenal 1-0 Liverpool

Contested at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, the 2002 edition saw Arsene Wenger collect the third of his seven winners' medals thanks to a 1-0 victory.

The raft of stars on the team sheets for both sides was eye-watering with the likes of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira all starting for the Gunners and Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen and Emile Heskey on duty for Gerard Houllier’s side.

Gerrard did his best to break up the flow of the Arsenal midfield and was almost given his marching orders in the early exchanges before the game levelled out, remaining 0-0 at half time.

Wenger then introduced his new signing from Atletico Miniero, Gilberto Silva, in place of fellow Brazilian Edu to make his debut for his new club having impressed at the 2002 World Cup weeks earlier.

And it took him just 25 minutes to score his first goal and earn his first medal in England as he squeezed Bergkamp’s cut-back through the legs of Jerzy Dudek and into the back of the net.

El Hadji Diouf had a chance to level things just before the final whistle when he beat Sol Campbell and the offside trap but could only send his shot over the crossbar.

Liverpool's Alan Hansen with the Shield after victory over Arsenal in 1989

1989 - Liverpool 1-0 Arsenal

Arsenal had just won the 1988-89 Football League and Liverpool had secured a memorable FA Cup victory over bitter rivals Everton to contest the 1989 Community Shield at Wembley.

Reds legend Ian Rush had an early headed chance when he rose highest to meet a John Barnes free-kick but saw his effort come back off the post and into the grasp of John Lukic.

Then came the goal, Peter Beardsley collected a Barry Venison ball over the top and kept his cool to send a right-footed strike past Lukic.

Arsenal fans were crying out for the introduction of Brian Marwood in the second half and George Graham obliged with half an hour remaining.

But a change in formation saw the Londoners struggle to contain Liverpool and lost their foothold in the match as the Reds held on to secure a 1-0 triumph.

Liverpool's class of 1979 celebrate winning the Community Shield

1979 - Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal

The first ever meeting between the two sides in the competition was played in front of 92,800 fans on 11 August 1979 at the old Wembley Stadium.

Liverpool, then managed by Bob Paisley, had just claimed their 11th Football League title while Arsenal, under the guidance of Terry Neill, beat Manchester United in the thrilling 1979 FA Cup Final thanks to a last-gasp Alan Sunderland winner.

But this Wembley occasion belonged to Liverpool and Terry McDermott, who surged through the middle of the park before unleashing a shot from outside the box into the bottom-left corner to give the Reds the lead.

Arsenal, unable to get themselves back into the game, then fell two behind with Kenny Dalglish lashing one home before McDermott got a second a few minutes later to seal the deal.

Sunderland repeated his trick of scoring late to earn Arsenal a consolation but it wasn’t enough to spark a revival.

Where can you watch the 2020 Community Shield?

This year's Shield will also be shown around the world via our broadcast partners, in the following regions:-

Balkans: SportKlub
Czech Rep / Slovakia: ARQ, Digi Sport
Bulgaria: Nova 
Poland: Eleven
Russia: Match TV 
Albania: Digtal B
Hungary: TV2
Sub-Saharan Africa: Super Sport
Africa: Azam 
Soain: DAZN
Macau: TDM
Malaysia: Astro
Singapore: Singtel
Japan: DAZN 
Myanmar: Eleven / Mysports
Vietnam: FPT and SCTV
China: PPTV
India: Sony 
Thailand, Cambodia, Laos: beIN Sports
Australia: ESPN
Mauritius: MBC 
China: StarTimes
Canada: Rogers Sportsnet
Brazil: DAZN
Caribbean: ESPN LATAM +
New Zealand: Sky NZ 
Hong Kong: TVB 
Georgia: Adajara Sport
Kazakhstan: Setanta
Belgium: Eleven
France: beIN Sports
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain: DAZN
Cyprus: CYTA (TAF)
Iceland: 365
Malta: TSN
Netherlands: Ziggo
Portugal: Sport TV
Scandinavia: NENT

By Tom Dean