Ahead of Chelsea’s Community Shield Final tie with Arsenal, we preview the Blues’ penultimate game before the Premier League season starts.
The Gunners have had a hugely successful pre-season, winning both the Barclays Asia Trophy and the Emirates Cup.
Chelsea on the other hand are currently taking part in the International Champions Cup, with their final game on Wednesday August 5th against Italian side Fiorentina.
Last six games:
– Gary Cahill and Diego Costa are both fit for Chelsea, despite picking up a suspected broken nose and a hamstring injury respectively.
– Alexis Sanchez will not feature, as he is still on his extended break after the Copa America, and Danny Welbeck is still out with a knee injury.
– Apart from this, neither side have any other injury concerns.
– This will be the 14th meeting between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho – Wenger has never beaten his Chelsea counterpart (drawn six, lost seven).
– Pert Cech won the Community Shield twice with Chelsea in an 11-year spell, and is expected to make his official Arsenal debut against his former side.
– Arsenal and Chelsea have only ever met once before in the Community Shield, with Didier Drogba’s double giving the Blues the win in 2005. Cesc Fabregas scored for the Gunners.
– Both times Chelsea won the Community Shield, in 2005 and 2009, they have gone on to win the league.
– Arsenal have gone 482 minutes without scoring a goal against Chelsea.
Last time out – starting XI:
Chelsea (away, vs. Barcelona, drew 2-2 – won 4-2 on penalties): Courtois; Ivanovic (C), Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Matic; Kenedy, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa.
Arsenal (home, vs. Wolfsburg, won 1-0): Cech; Gabriel, Chambers, Bellerin, Monreal; Arteta (C); Ozil, Cazorla, Wilshere, Adelaide; Walcott.