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Preview: FA Community Shield 2015

  • Preview: FA Community Shield 2015

"It's show time!", yes, it finally is show time as English Football returns to become the cynosure of the sporting world yet again, and what better way to begin than an Arsenal Vs Chelsea clash at the historic Wembley Stadium? The tone has already been set up nicely courtesy of "The Special One's" press-conference antics, while Arsene Wenger hasn't been any any saint either, serving his old foe with some rejoinders, henceforth the spicing up process being completed successfully. What next? "Showdown at Wembley". 

Teams

It's quite difficult to pick either of the team as favourites as both are evenly matched, may it be in terms of attacking threat, or the defensive strength and though Arsenal will be without their prized possession Alexis Sanchez, it is hard to argue they are well equipped than any other rival team to beat the English Champions. 

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Chelsea will have a full strength squad available - Diego Costa and Gary Cahill included - following the confirmation of them being totally fit. In the line-up would be Radamel Falcao as well, the new signing that Jose would hope gets going right away. 

For Arsenal, Danny Welbeck will be the only other absence apart from Alexis, because of a knee injury. Petr Cech will also be available, and possibly the starter at the goal, so Jose can lick his wounds, and as Arsene Wenger would like to think, make such saves as defy Chelsea a win. 

Considering the strength of the squads the title rivals have, it is likely that the team that comes out with a better set-up and tactics will take the honours. 

Form

Chelsea didn't begin their pre-season tour particularly well having endured a 4-2 defeat at the hands of New York Red Bulls, however, they have recovered well since, beating Sydney FC, Thailand All-Stars, Paris Saint-Germain, and FC Barcelona. 

On the contrary, Arsenal's has been a dream run coming into the Community Shield clash as they have already bagged two trophies, all of them secured through some emphatic performances, and in exactly the style as you would expect from the Gunners. 

Stats

Arsenal have gone 482 minutes without a goal against Chelsea. 

The FA Cup winners have only once won the Community Shield out of the past five occasions, Arsenal being the very team to do that.

Arsenal have won all four of their previous games at the new Wembley Stadium.

Chelsea have won eight of their thirteen games at the new Wembley Stadium.

Arsene Wenger has never beaten Jose Mourinho in his managerial career.

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