Arsenal vs Chelsea Match Preview

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Arsenal play Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley a week before the Premier League season starts. Arsene Wenger’s Gunners got the better of Antonio Conte’s Blues on the hallowed turf as they shocked the title winners with a 2-1 FA Cup Final victory.

Team News:

Arsenal: Arsenal have no fresh injury concerns going into the fixture but the future of the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains uncertain. The trio could well be gone by the time this game comes around and the Ox may even be lining up for the blues against Arsenal.

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Chelsea: Chelsea coach Conte is concerned with a lack of options despite bringing in Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger for big money.Alvaro Morata should start against Arsenal, but may be deployed on the left of a front three with Eden Hazard still recovering from a broken ankle. While Bakayoko may play a part.

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Predicted Line-Up:

Arsenal (3-4-3): Cech; Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac; Ozil, Lacazette, Welbeck

Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Batshuayi, Morata

‘ABBA’ penalty shoot-out rule:

The English governing body said on Thursday that the ‘ABBA’ system will be trialled at the Community Shield clash between London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea this weekend should the game end level after 90 minutes.If the match ends in a draw after 90 minutes, the London rivals will head straight into a shoot-out to decide the winner.The new format will be used across all English Football League tournaments from this season but the first chance to see the system at work could now come this weekend at Wembley.

Match Details:

Venue- Wembley Stadium
Kick off- 2 pm BST,6:30 pm IST
Television- Ten Network in India and BT Sports in UK
Live Stream- Jio TV, Sony LIV