Arsenal boss Wenger: Outstanding Kolasinac 'born strong' as Gunners lift Community Shield

07 August, 2017, 01:16 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
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The news that Morata is not fully fit will be a concern for Chelsea fans as the Premier League season gets underway next week.

After spending much of last season under fire from supporters frustrated by Arsenal's travails, Gunners boss Wenger hopes the new campaign is a far less turbulent affair.

The Gunners denied Antonio Conte's men a domestic double with a stirring 2-1 win in the FA Cup final at the national stadium in May and they prevailed 4-1 on penalties after the traditional season curtain raiser finished 1-1 on Sunday, debutant Sead Kolasinac coming off the bench to cancel out Victor Moses' opener early in the second half.

"I don't know if it was a sending off or not but at that moment we were dominating", he added.

Victory for Arsene Wenger's men means the Shield has seen the FA Cup victor beat the defending Premier League champion for four consecutive seasons.

"We want to be united and together throughout the season".

They deservedly took the lead in the opening minute of the second half as Granit Xhaka's awful clearance from a corner was headed back in by Gary Cahill for Moses to finish with opportunism. "We had some hard moments at the start of the second half but after [that] we dominated the game". We always looked risky.

"This is the second game, after the FA Cup, that we finish with 10 men", Conte fumed.

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"A lot of people have told me that the penalty was clear so there is frustration but we have to respect the referee's decision".

Conte refused to be drawn on either the red card incident or Willian's booking for simulation in the penalty area before half-time, claiming not to have seen either flashpoint clearly.

"We tried to win and improve our physical condition because in six days we have to start the league but now the most important thing is to continue to work and improve the team".

The Blues appeared to be closing in on victory as new signings Morata and Antonio Rudiger were handed late debuts from the substitutes' bench, but the match turned when Pedro was shown a straight red card for bringing down Elneny with his studs raised from behind.

Arsenal has now won the Community Shield three times in the last four years, while the Blues have lost four consecutive appearances in the fixture.

This was Arsenal's third shootout in the Community Shield, having lost their previous two, against Manchester United in 1993 and 2003.

There were just 82 seconds between Pedro's red card and Sead Kolasinac's equaliser.

Thirteen of the 25 winners of the Premier League since 1992 have been teams who started the same season by contesting the Community Shield. "Don't forget today Arsenal didn't play with many players, strong players". Chelsea opens its title defence against Burnley on Saturday.

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