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Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea: Match Report & Player Ratings

Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea: Match Report & Player Ratings

Pedro was sent off after catching Elneny and Arsenal scored from the resulting free-kick, Kolasinac converting a free header from Xhaka's pass.

Chelsea began to grow into the game after a slow start and Pedro drew a fine save from Petr Cech after being put through by Willian. It seemed the Brazilian kicked his own leg which caused him to lose his balance.

"It was just a question on the bench of whether we could come back or not".

"It was a pity to lose the game, to lose the FA Cup final against Arsenal after a really great season for us", said the Chelsea boss.

The game then turned in the 80th minute when Pedro was given a straight red card for a lunge on Mohamed Elneny, catching him on the Achilles. Kolasinac met Xhaka's free-kick delivery easily to equalise for the Gunners and became the first player to score his first Arsenal goal in the Community Shield since Gilberto Silva in 2002.

The match went to penalties, which were conducted in the new "ABBA" format that saw Chelsea go first, with Arsenal then taking the next two, and Chelsea the two after that.

The Chelsea manager said: "He is one of our best players to take a penalty". Team A then get two successive penalties, a little like the tie-break in tennis, and so on until there is a victor.

Theo Walcott, Nacho Monreal, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud converted their spot kicks to hand Arsenal their first trophy of the season.

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny believes Sunday's Community Shield win over Chelsea provides a ideal launching pad for the new campaign.

The victory comes seventy-one days after Arsenal defeated Chelsea to win FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium - coming up with a performance that again displayed a combination of resilience and ruthlessness.

It was a dramatic end to a dramatic game. "We have to look forward and prepare ourselves for the start of the season".


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