Arsenal beat Chelsea in important Community Shield clash

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Sunday afternoon marked the traditional beginning of the new season as the FA Community Shield was held at Wembley.

The English champions Chelsea faced off against the FA Cup winners, Arsenal. Much of the pre-match billing was inevitably focused on what has become a fierce rivalry between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger.

The French manager has not been able to defeat Mourinho in the 13 previous meetings, up until Sunday's match.


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Both managers fielded very strong sides and the importance placed upon the fixture was clear from both sides.

The game was tight for large periods, with neither defence buckling under pressure. However, a stunning strike from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put Arsenal 1-0 up. The Arsenal defence, which in recent years has been renowned as being soft under pressure, held firm to end heavy pressure.

The Community Shield is often seen as little more than a friendly for the two teams involved, but this year felt different. The build up to the clash, as well as the 50-50 nature of the match itself, created a wonderful Wembley atmosphere, adding to the significance of the fixture.

What does it all mean?

For Arsenal, this victory is a huge stride towards a legitimate title challenge. Not only the added silverware, Arsenal can also point to the fact they defeated a very strong Chelsea side, an achievement they have not managed since 2011.

As for Chelsea, Mourinho must ensure the players do not allow this match to affect their preparations or the mental advantage could be firmly placed in the Arsenal camp.

This victory does not guarantee Arsenal the title, nor does it guarantee that Chelsea will fail to retain their title, as the rest of the top six will have plenty to say between now and the end of the season.

However, it provides a timely boost to Arsene Wenger's squad of which they must capitalise in order to win their first league title since 2004.  

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