Arsene Wenger, coach of Arsenal has managed his first win over Jose Mourinho as manager after his side beat Chelsea 1-0 in the FA Community Shield in a match played at Wembley on Sunday. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored the only goal of the game in the 24th minute, beating Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois in the top corner with a powerful shot from a pass by teammate Theo Walcott. This gave Wenger his first win over Mourinho after failing to do so in 13 previous fixtures. Wenger secured his sixth Community Shield in the process.
The Wembley fans cheered on as The Gunners dominated first half, winning yet another game at the Stadium. This comes after they managed to win each of their six matches played at Wembley in 2014 and 2015, even though some matches needed extra time and penalties but nonetheless they keep their successive winning record. In the second half Chelsea substituted Loic Remy for new loan signing Radamel Falcao and Ramires replaced Brazillian teammate Oscar. Arsenal on the other hand substituted key player to prevent possible injury and for rest after he played his heart out in Chile during the Copa America leading his team to glory recently.
Whilst Chelsea players failed to beat their former teammate Petr Cech, who played nearly 500 matches for the blues and recently signed with their London rivals,Chelsea won the League title last season in a different manner compared to which they were playing on the day. The blues were without star striker Diego Costa while Wenger put Theo Walcott forward instead of regular striker Olivier Giroud. The Gunners won the FA Cup final in similar style, switching the French Giroud for the pace of Walcott.
The Gunners midfield played well with the combination of Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla whilst Chelsea’s midfield was at their weakest as the wings struggled to get the ball. In addition, Diego Costa’s absence cost them a part of the match.