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Wenger Boasts Ahead Of Community Shield, Considers Sanchez For Chelsea Showdown

While the importance placed on today's Community Shield final at Wembley between Arsenal and Chelsea is a far cry from that of the Premier League and the FA Cup, it is a game neither side will want to lose.

The match pits the Premier League champions and the FA Cup winners, while it takes place less than three months after the Gunners beat Chelsea at the same ground 2-1 in the FA Cup final; their third Cup triumph in four seasons.

Following last season's FA Cup final, Conte defended Moses' dive.

Arsenal were definitely missing their bug guns including Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez while Chelsea also had their share of absentees; biggest being Eden Hazard.

Rather than extra time, the match would go straight to penalties, and it was Olivier Giroud who scored the winning penalty, after Thibaut Courtois and Alvaro Morata had missed for Chelsea.

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal this afternoon put fierce London rivals Chelsea to the sword in the Community Shield, with the Emirates outfit emerging with a penalty shootout victory following a 1-1 full-time scoreline.

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"We all know what happened and for this reason we will avoid having a bad season", said Conte.

Madley spoke to Conte to explain his decision and the Chelsea manager joked that he wanted to complain for hours about what he perceived as an injustice.

The France worldwide has got his name on the scoresheet in pre-season and has been playing in a partnership with Olivier Giroud - the formation that Wenger fields will also be indicative of the club's potential tactics for 2017-18.

"We are trying to buy players, not to sell them".

"Friendly games ended for us", Conte said. As for future, Arsenal too, might be looking for one or two more additions before the window is closed. I consider Arsenal one of the six teams ready to fight to win the title.

When these teams first met in the league last season the Gunners ran out 3-0 winners, but that defeat proved to be the catalyst for the Blues, as it prompted Antonio Conte to change to his preferred 3-4-3 formation. We want to find a good balance of the confidence we can get out of this game and the urgency that every Premier League game demands. Along with another trophy, the Frenchman would no doubt welcome the momentum that a win in this fixture would bring, with their first outing of the campaign against Leicester looming less than a week later.

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