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Calamity for Courtois as Arsenal wins shootout

Calamity for Courtois as Arsenal wins shootout

Minutes later Arsenal's summer signing Sead Kolasinac headed Arsenal level before neither side could grab the victor before the full-time whistle. That was the biggest chance for Arsenal in the half while Chelsea's Pedro also tried his hand from the left but his powerful left footed shot was blocked by Petr Cech.

Victory for Arsene Wenger's men means the Shield has seen the FA Cup winners beat the defending Premier League champions for four consecutive seasons.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina defender was recruited from Schalke on a free-transfer and was the first Arsenal signing of the summer transfer window.

As it turned out, Arsenal found a lifeline when Sead Kolasinac scored his first Arsenal goal from the subsequent set-piece. He was brilliant in defence as well with a 93% pass success rate and three tackles wom.

Before the half-hour mark, Per Mertesacker, in his final season as a player, was forced off after a gruesome c (bit totally accidental) clash with Gary Cahill's elbow. There must be something in the water in Gelsenkirchen.

With the new ABBA penalty system in place, Thibaut Courtois couldn't answer Chelsea's S.O.S as he skied his penalty over the bar.




Morata was brought on in the closing stages and the 24-year-old headed narrowly wide late on in what would have been the ideal introduction following his summer arrival from Spanish giants Real Madrid.

The former England global has tipped Conte's side to record a 2-1 win over Arsenal today.

'Don't forget also that Morata is a forward and he did the same'.

Conte brought on Morata with 16 minutes remaining but the former Juventus striker struggled to make an impression. His 15 minutes on Sunday didn't show much, despite winning four aerials during his short stint.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was disappointed with referee Bobby Madley, after the official made the decision to book Willian for simulation in the penalty area during the Community Shield loss to Arsenal.

Danny Welbeck started up front with new signing Alexandre Lacazette, and Olivier Giroud was on the bench.