Arsenal 3 – 0 Manchester City
( Cazorla 21′, Ramsey 42′, Giroud 62′)
The defending champions of the Premier League succumbed to a thumping defeat from the FA cup winners in today’s FA community Shield final clash at Wembley. Right from the outset, Arsenal fared as the better side on the pitch which reflects the comprehensive score line of 3-0.
Besides Sanogo taking the field instead of Giroud, the starting line-ups presented no surprise as both the managers missed some of their key players due to post World Cup issues. In the first twenty minutes or so, both the sides were lacking the final pass with Arsenal keeping most of the possession in the midfield. The wait ended with Wilshere finding Cazorla on the left hand side and the Spanish playmaker opened the scoring for the gunners with a left-footed shot at the bottom corner of the net.
Being ahead by one goal margin, Arsenal started to control the play with Manchester City seldom being able to deliver the ball into the final third. Succeeding to keep City’s striker duo completely inert, Gunners’ new signing Chambers proved his worth in a Central defender role. In the course of this toothless football display by the blues, the red and whites recovered possession from the midfield and the Chilean sensation Sanchez covered some distance before poking a through ball to Sanogo. Sanogo manages to play the ball onto Ramsey who tees himself up nicely before firing his shot in the back of the net just before the half time. Before the whistle, Sanchez was denied his first goal in Arsenal colours courtesy to a sliding challenge by City’s new goalkeeper Willy Caballero.
The half-time interval saw quite a few substitutions owing to safety measures taken by Wenger. Manchester City looked a bit more impressive than the other half with Silva being incorporated into the attack. Sebian forward Jovetic once hit the woodwork and failed to beat the dive of Sczecsny on another, after some lovely piece of play by the Spanish midfielders in blue. The long run of misery continues for Pellegrini as on the brink of 62nd minute, Olivier Giroud’s left footed strike hurled into the top of the net taking a slight deflection on its course.
After taking a massive lead, it was all routine work for Arsenal to see through the rest of the 90 minutes securing the title and taking away a clean sheet as bonus. It was a frustrating afternoon for the sky blues’ summer capture Fernando as he picked up the only card of the match.
Altogether, Wenger will be happier among the two managers as his troops can carry on the confidence of Community shield triumph onto their league performances. He can also draw content from the fair amount of playing time Alexis Sanchez got before the start of the competitive season, which he needed to fit into Arsenal proceedings. On the other hand, Pellegirini will have his woes in midfield options as last season star Yaya Toure and new comer Fernando failed to leave a mark.
To sum up the Wembley heroics, coming from a 9 year trophy drought Arsenal is on a spree to gather silverwares with premier league next on the cards.
Team line-ups :
Arsenal: Szczesny; Debuchy, Koscielny (Monreal 46′), Chambers, Gibbs; Arteta (C), Wilshere (Flamini 68′);Ramsey (Campbell 86′), Alexis ( Chamberlain 46′), Cazorla (Rosicky 70′); Sanogo (Giroud 46′)
Manchester City : Caballero; Clichy, Boyata, Nastasic, Kolarov (Richards 76′); Navas (Sinclair 85′), Fernando, Toure (C) (Milner 60′), Nasri (Silva 46′); Jovetic, Dzeko (Zukulini 60′)