Arsenal and Chelsea are set to renew their fierce rivalry when they face off against each other in Sunday’s Community Shield tie and the clash would be the second time in the history of the annual match, Chelsea and Arsenal face each other. Chelsea’s manager, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger of Arsenal will use the meeting to compete for the first silverware of the season.
The Gunners are the third most successful team in the history of the annual match after Manchester United (20) and Liverpool (15).
The North Londoners have won the cup 13 times in contrast to Chelsea’s fourth triumph. Last time when these two sides met in this annual event in 2005, Chelsea defeated the Gunners 2 – 1.
Arsenal defeated the former Premier League champions Manchester City 2 – 1 last season to lift the 2014 Community Shield but this time they will face a tougher test in Mourinho’s Chelsea.
The FA Community Shield match is the unofficial kickoff of the Premier League season and is contested by the Premier League champions and the FA Cup winners.
Sunday’s encounter would be the 93rd Community Shield match which would be played at Wembley stadium after both the teams return from their pre-season tours.
This will be Petr Cech’s first outing in an Arsenal shirt against his former club. The towering goal keeper won almost all the major laurels with the Blues before being replaced by the Belgian keeper Thirbaut Courtois.
The 33-year-old moved to Chelsea’s rivals as he did not want to move away from London because of his family.
Many are suggesting that Cech’s transfer to Arsenal have made them genuine title contenders. The former Chelsea player’s experience and brilliance will be crucial for Arsene Wenger’s men. Chelsea skipper, John Terry believes that his former teammate can even save up to 12 or 15 points for his new team.
For Terry, Cech also brings in his winning mentality to the squad which could also be infectious. His presence in between the sticks and in the dressing room will certainly boost the whole squad and the manager.
In their last five matches in all competitions, including the pre-season games, the Gunners have won each of them. The West Londoners’ faultless record was spoiled by New York Red Bulls in the International Champions Cup in the United States.
But Chelsea are way ahead of their arch rivals when we compare the last five head to head clashes. Chelsea have had the upper hand in three out of five games and the Gunners have failed to record even a single victory.
To qualify for the community shield clash, Arsenal beat Aston Villa 4-0 to win the 2015 FA Cup final while Chelsea emerged the Premier League winner.


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