Arsenal won the Community Shield by defeating Manchester City on penalties, striking first blood at the start of the new year. Cole Palmer scored a stunning opening goal for the Treble champions in a tight match between the top two Premier League teams from the previous season after coming off the bench, but Leandro Trossard’s late deflection shot forced penalties, which the Gunners won.
After a closely contested Premier League season opener at Wembley, Arsenal defeated Manchester City 4-1 on penalties to win the Community Shield.
Kevin de Bruyne and Rodri were unable to convert for the Treble champions, therefore the Gunners won on a penalty kick by Fabio Vieira.
After replacement Cole Palmer’s stunning opening goal, Mikel Arteta’s team appeared to be headed for disaster, but Leandro Trossard’s fiercely deflected goal 11 minutes into stoppage time saved a 1-1 draw and forced a penalty shootout.
The early exchanges had seen Pep Guardiola’s team totally dominate, with Julian Alvarez’s header narrowly missing making an impact.
As the game progressed, Arsenal, who gave their summer arrivals their first starts, became more competitive and had the best two opportunities of the opening 45 minutes. Kai Havertz, a newcomer, had both opportunities, but City goalie Stefan Ortega expertly stopped him on both occasions.
Palmer appeared to have won it when he curled a lovely left-foot shot into the far corner 13 minutes from the finish of the game as Man City cranked it up once again in the second half.
Deep into stoppage time, though, Trossard forced a shootout when his speculative attempt was deflected in by Manuel Akanji, and Arsenal completed the incredible comeback from the penalty spot.
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This matchup between the top two teams from the previous season was eagerly anticipated, especially in light of Arsenal’s expenditure on additions they hope will close the gap to the Premier League’s top spot.
The Gunners performed admirably as well, and the three newcomers blended in well and appeared to be quite accomplished.
In the middle of the field, Declan Rice displayed assurance, and on the left side of the back four, Jurrien Timber excelled both defensively and offensively.
Although Havertz wasn’t signed to be the team’s star striker, the German proved dangerous in that role, and the campaign will benefit from his versatility between midfield and attack.
Although it may be a significant occasion for the Gunners, City won’t likely be significantly impacted. Guardiola wouldn’t dwell on this defeat for too long because they had won trophies in that same season despite losing their previous two Community Shield games.
While Mateo Kovacic looked composed and serene in the middle of the field, City still has Josko Gvardiol to come into the lineup. The impact of Palmer and Foden was undoubtedly a significant boost, giving the Spanish coach plenty to consider ahead of the Premier League opener next week.
Athlete of the game
Arsenal’s William Saliba. Erling Haaland was kept quiet during his time on the field by the center back, who ruled the entire time. The defender’s injury was a significant contributor to Arsenal’s decline in late last season, and he once again showed his talent here both on the ball and with his game reading.
PLAYER RATINGS FOR MAN CITY:
Bernardo 6, Grealish 6, Alvarez 7, Ortega 8, Walker 7, Stones 8, Akanji 7, Rodri 8, Kovacic 8, Haaland 5. Alternates: Palmer 7, Foden 7, De Bruyne 6, White 8, Saliba 9, Rice 8, Partey 7, Odegaard 7, Saka 7, Havertz 7, Martinelli 7, Ramsdale 7.
Matchcast: Comprehensive match stats and commentary.
ARSENAL CHANCE AT 25′! White charges towards the right-hand corner of the box and crosses it for Havertz. The German does well to adjust and make a goal-scoring attempt, but Ortega stops the ball beautifully. Martinelli receives the rebound and blasts a fierce shot back towards goal, but Stones steps in to make a great block.
40′ – CHANCE FOR ARSENAL! It ought to be 1-0. Eight yards away, Havertz takes a shot for the first time, but it is too near for Ortega, who makes another outstanding save. Odegaard found Saka’s right-side run, and the England winger cut it back with amazing finesse.It was a superb move by Arsenal.
MAN CITY CHANCE in 43′! When Rodri spots Ramsdale off his line, he daringly attempts to score from just inside the Arsenal half. The Arsenal goalkeeper, who is obviously nervous, puts the ball in his own net, but fortunately for him, the incredible shot misses the bar by a few millimeters.
Man City 1-0 Arsenal – Goal at 77 seconds. When Cole Palmer cuts inside from the right and curls a beautiful shot into the far corner, he breaks the tie.
MAN CITY CHANCES AT 82′! Alvarez swerves in the centre before selflessly passing the ball to Foden, who manages to get it no further than Ramsdale from a tight angle. From the ensuing corner, City threaten once more, but Ramsdale makes another outstanding stop to halt Rodri.
Man City and Arsenal draw 1-1 in overtime. When Ortega is caught off guard by a shot that Akanji significantly deflects, Trossard, who is drifting past his defender on the right, spots it.
Shoot-Out – No Point Is Given! Man City defeated Arsenal, 1-3. Rodri notices his low kick is preserved!
PENALTY SCORED IN SHOT-OUT! – ARSENAL 1-4 MAN CITY. Vieira drives it hard and squarely into the top corner.