Confirmed Lineups: Arsenal vs Chelsea Community Shield
The first competitive game of the season for Arsenal and Chelsea kicks off in under at hour’s time as last season’s two FA Cup finalists square off at Wembley once again, this time battling for the Community Shield.
Gunners boss Arsène Wenger will be taking part in his ninth Community Shield this afternoon having won six of his previous eight.
Chelsea were beaten 2-1 by Arsenal in their last competitive match of last season when these two met in the FA Cup at this venue.
Here are the two confirmed lineups for this afternoon’s gameL
Petr Čech; Rob Holding, Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal; Héctor Bellerín, Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain; Danny Welbeck, Alex Iwobi; Alexandre Lacazette
Substitutes: David Ospina, Sead Kolašinac, Joe Willock, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Theo Walcott, Reiss Nelson, Olivier Giroud
Mesut Özil and Aaron Ramsey are both absent after Arsène Wenger revealed earlier in the week that both were carrying knocks. Neither Alexis Sánchez or Shkodran Mustafi make the squad after their extended summer break following their participation at the FIFA Confederations Cup. The same back three that started the FA Cup final start this afternoon with Per Mertesacker in at centre-back.
Thibaut Courtois; César Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Gary Cahill; Victor Moses, Cesc Fàbregas, N’Golo Kanté, Marcos Alonso; Pedro, Willian; Michy Batshuayi
Substitutes: Willy Caballero, Antonio Rüdiger, Andreas Christensen, Kyle Scott, Jérémie Boga, Charly Musonda, Álvaro Morata
Antonio Conte hasn’t handed any debuts to his four summer signings with three of them named among the substitutes and Tiémoué Bakayoko injured.
Pedro starts on the left of a front three with Eden Hazard injured and Michy Batshuayi gets the nod ahead of Álvaro Morata as we predicted yesterday. Diego Costa is currently out-of-favour with the Blues boss.