- Arsenal won 4-1 on penalties
- The match ended 1-1 after normal time
- Chelsea was reduced to 10 men
Arsenal defeated 10 men Chelsea 4-1 on penalties after the match ended 1-1 after normal time at the Wembley Stadium in London. New signing defender Sead Kolasinac equalized for Arsenal after Pedro was given a straight red for a dangerous tackle on Elneny. Kolasinac headed in from the resulting free-kick and canceled out Victor Moses’ opener for Chelsea.
The winner does not take it all, certainly not with only the Community Shield at stake but the intensity with which the match was fought clearly showed the immense rivalry between the clubs from London. Arsenal started the match strongly and dominated Chelsea in the opening 25 minutes. Striker Alexandre Lacazette was unlucky to open the scoring for Arsenal after a quick-fire counter attacking move saw a peach of a shot by Lacazette hit the post. Driven by Conte’s relentless commands from the touchline, premier league champions Chelsea eventually grew into the game and went on to take the lead through Victor Moses soon after the first half in the 46th minute. Chelsea was in command of the game and looked comfortable enough to see out their 1-0 lead before a moment of madness by Pedro saw him lunge out with a studs-on tackle from behind on Elneny.The foul was deemed a red card offense by the referee and Arsenal rubbed salt into Chelsea’s wounds by equalling via a well-taken header by Kolasinac from the resulting free-kick.10 man Chelsea did well to hang on to a score line of 1-1 and take the match to penalties.
Chelsea new boy Alvaro Morata and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois missed in the new-look “ABBA” penalty shoot-out, as Arsenal scored a perfect 4 out of 4 with Olivier Giroud hitting the winning spot kick for the Gunners.
With the new premier league season beginning from next week, this match served as the perfect starter to what promises a cracker of a 2017-18 premier league season.