As we prepare to take on Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley this Sunday – in a game which is regarded as the season’s curtain raiser – many will realise that this isn’t the first time we’ll be coming up against the Blues in this fixture.
In 2005, following our FA Cup triumph against Manchester United in Cardiff, Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho resumed their rivalry.
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Below we take a look back at the starting XI Wenger named on that day and where those players are now:
GK) Jens Lehmann
Our German hero was the undisputed No.1 at the club and was the hero in our FA Cup victory over Manchester United. Lehmann was also instrumental in our run to the Champions League final in the season which followed, and left the club in 2008.
However, Lehmann would briefly come out of retirement in 2011 to help us out during a goalkeeper crisis, and played a crucial role in a 3-1 victory against Blackpool.
He now does a few punditry jobs for various outlets.
The Cameroon international will go down as one of Wenger’s best ever signings, after making his name as a full-back despite growing up as a holding midfielder.
The 2005/06 campaign would be a frustrating one for Lauren, who was injured for most of the season and missed the Champions League final.
It was his final year at the club.
CB) Philippe Senderos
Senderos was a highly rated youngster at the club and his first few seasons certainly had most fans excited about his potential. However, this fixture would inevitably be a major part of his downfall, as the Swiss was bullied by Didier Drogba.
Drogba tormented Senderos on a number of occasions, and with his confidence shot he never regained the same composure when playing for us.
Senderos is still present at the top level and is currently plying his trade at Aston Villa.
CB) Kolo Toure
Another member of the Invincibles and one who lasted the longest, Toure formed a sensational partnership alongside Senderos as we reached the Champions League final in Paris in 2006.
Toure is currently at Liverpool following a successful stint at Manchester City.
LB) Ashley Cole
One of the greatest products to come through our academy, Cole was playing against his future employers – completing an acrimonious move across London at the end of the 2005/06 campaign.
Cole enjoyed almost a decade of trophy-laden success at Stamford Bridge before joining AS Roma on a free transfer in 2014.