Community Shield the latest stepping stone in Arsenal progress

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With the curtain raiser of the long-awaited 2015-16 season done and dusted, Arsenal came out victorious against Chelsea.

The FA Cup winners for the past two years relished the opportunity to have a fine piece of silverware on display in their cabinet early on in the season.

A first half opener from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain proved to be just about sufficient to motor Arsenal across the line. But what does yesterday's result mean? 


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Wenger finally gets the better of Jose

What this fixture offered was more than just a battle for silverware between two of the elite clubs in English football, it was about that spicy relationship between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho.

The tie saw Wenger at last getting the better of rival Jose Mourinho, having been unsuccessful in the preceding 13 meetings between the pair. If Wenger's refusal to shake hands with the Portuguese at the start didn't promise enough drama, his victory against the Special One would definitely have added a twist in the saga.

Cech's competitive debut

The meeting also saw Arsenal's new signing, Petr Cech, make his official debut for the Gunners.

The 33-year-old goalkeeper from the Czech Republic was deemed surplus to requirements at Chelsea who eyed Belgian young gun Thibaut Courtois as the best between the posts, igniting his move to local rivals Arsenal.

The veteran goalkeeper didn't have much to do through out the course of the game. Other than a commendable effort to keep out a blistering free kick from Oscar, Cech wasn't too much troubled by a nonclinical Chelsea side.

Arsenal quietly making progress

The recent triumph at Wembley to secure the Community Shield was the second time the Gunners laid their hands on that piece of silverware in two consecutive seasons.

Coupled with Wenger landing two FA Cups in the past two years, one might argue that Arsenal have started to show signs of recovery from that woeful trophy drought ever since that FA Cup win in 2004. 

The Community Shield did see a well-disciplined and organised Arsenal side sink a non-clinical Chelsea. Arsenal now have four trophies in the bag from the past two seasons but was this encounter a reflection of what might come next season? 

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