FA Cup winner Arsenal beat Premier League title holders Chelsea 1-0 in the Community Shield at Wembley today, with the only goal coming from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 24th minute.
The England international, making his first Gunner’s start since 1 March, netted with a fine strike from the edge of the area on his weaker left foot following an expansive move involving Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s stunning strike was Arsenal’s first goal against Chelsea for 506 minutes, a run that stretched back to 2007, as the Gunners ended the Blues’ eight-match unbeaten run against them.
Arsenal could have doubled their lead in the last quarter of the match, but Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois made fine stops to deny first Oxlade-Chamberlain and then Aaron Ramsey.
The Arsenal back five of new goalkeeper Petr cech, and defenders Per Mertescaker, Laurent Koscielny, Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal seemed to gel immediately, and restricted Chelsea to a couple of half-chances through Ramires and Eden Hazard.
The victory was manager Arsene Wenger’s first win over Jose Mourinho at the 14th time of asking, as Arsenal set down a marker for the coming Premier League season with a disciplined display at wembley.
In February 2014 the Chelsea boss called his opposite number a “specialist in failure”, and then in October the Gunners boss shoved his rival during a heated touchline quarrel