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Arsenal team news vs Chelsea: Community Shield opportunity for Wenger's side

9:50 PM GMT+8 04/08/2017
Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal
Everything you need to know ahead of Sunday's Community Shield, as the FA Cup holders seek more silverware against the Blues

Arsenal face a familiar opponent in Chelsea on Sunday when the two face off in the traditional Community Shield curtain-raiser at Wembley Stadium.

Chelsea 5/4 to win Community Shield

The Gunners played the Blues as recently as two weeks ago in a dismal pre-season showing which saw Arsene Wenger's side lose 3-0 in Beijing.

However, Arsenal will take faith from May's FA Cup final, in which they triumphed over Antonio Conte's men in an impressive performance at Wembley, picking up their third cup in four years.

New signings Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac are expected to feature, while contract rebels Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez could also be involved.


Aaron Ramsey missed Arsenal's open training session on Thursday with what Wenger described as a "little muscular problem", while Mesut Ozil is also likely to recover from a minor ankle issue.

Francis Coquelin is ruled out for two weeks while long-term absentees Gabriel and Santi Cazorla are still weeks away from returning to first team action.

Wantaway striker Lucas Perez is unlikely to be involved after handing in a formal transfer request as he seeks a departure from north London.


Laurent Koscielny had been expected to miss Community Shield due to his red card towards the end of last season but will feature in the line up after the FA ruled his suspension would carry over instead to the first match of the Premier League season.


Following the successful deployment of the 3-4-3 formation, Wenger is expected to continue with his relatively new-look shape on Sunday, with summer signing Sead Kolasinac likely to take his spot at left wing-back.

The central defence should see Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny and Rob Holding alongside each other as Shkodran Mustafi steps up his return to first team action following an extended holiday after his summer excursions with Germany.

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Perhaps the most interesting selection dilemma Wenger has on his hands will be whether to start Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean has only taken part in pre-season training for the best part of a week but it's understood that he wants to be involved in the Wembley match this weekend.

Sanchez has been linked with a move away from Arsenal this summer and while Wenger has reiterated that the 28-year-old will be staying at Emirates Stadium, it may be better to build up the talisman's fitness slowly and start either Alex Iwobi or Theo Walcott ahead of him against Chelsea. 


  • Arsenal have won their last seven games at Wembley - the longest ever winning club run at the ground.

  • The last time Arsenal failed to win at Wembley was the 2013/14 FA Cup semi-final vs Wigan (1-1), while the last side to beat them there was Birmingham in the 2010/11 League Cup final.

  • Chelsea have lost their last three Community Shield matches, last triumphing on penalties in 2009 against Manchester United.

  • The Blues have alternated between victory and defeat in their last six matches at Wembley, losing last time out to Arsenal in the 2016/17 FA Cup final..

  • The last time these two sides were in the Community Shield was in 2015 – Arsenal winning 1-0 thanks to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s strike..


The match is being televised live on BT Sport in the UK. It kicks off at 14:00 BST.