Ar­se­nal win Com­mu­nity Shield on penal­ties

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Ar­se­nal yes­ter­day de­feated Chelsea in a dra­matic penalty shoot-out to open the new English sea­son with sil­ver­ware.

Thibaut Cour­tois and Al­varo Mo­rata missed from the spot as Ar­se­nal claimed the Com­mu­nity Shield by beat­ing 10-man Chelsea 4-1 on penal­ties.

Af­ter a 1-1 draw in reg­u­la­tion time, the shoot-out saw goal­keeper Cour­tois, an un­usual choice to take his side’s sec­ond penalty, bizarrely fir­ing his at­tempt way over.

That was fol­lowed by new sign­ing Mo­rata miss­ing the tar­get on his com­pet­i­tive de­but, with Olivier Giroud go­ing on to score the win­ning penalty.

In the match it­self, Vic­tor Moses, sent off when the Blues lost the FA Cup fi­nal to Ar­se­nal in May, struck early in the sec­ond half with what looked like it would be the win­ner.

But Chelsea had Pe­dro sent off for a rash chal­lenge on Mo­hamed El­neny and Ar­se­nal sub­sti­tute Sead Ko­lasinac, on his com­pet­i­tive bow, scored a header from the re­sult­ing free-kick with eight min­utes re­main­ing.

Alexan­dre La­cazette, given his Ar­se­nal de­but from the start, had ear­lier come the clos­est to a firsthalf goal, send­ing a strike against the post.

Alex Iwobi

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