Arsenal’s 4-0 rout of Premier League side Aston Villa saw them successfully defend the FA Cup on Saturday evening at Wembley. Although their efforts went unrewarded for the better part of the first half, the floodgates were eventually opened in the 40th minute when England international Theo Walcott netted the opener. Goals from Alexis Sanchez, Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud rounded off the victory to reward the North London side with a record 12th FA Cup triumph.
As much as Arsene Wenger has been popping champagne with his players for the past 24 hours, the gaffer will be quite aware of the fact that he has to marshal his side against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea for the first piece of silverware of the 2015/16 season, the FA Community Shield…
The formerly known Charity Shield is considered as the curtain raiser for the Premier League season and is one of the five official trophies up for grabs in the top division every season.
As a result of securing the FA Cup, Arsenal have booked a place in the match versus Chelsea, who are the 2014/15 League winners. The fixture – played in August – comprises the Premier League winners against the FA Cup winners.
Arsene Wenger has famously never beaten Jose Mourinho, but he’ll be desperate to put that right before next term. A win will be a brilliant way for us to gain the confidence ahead of a potential Premier League title challenge.
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The battle lines have already been drawn and the swords are at the ready.