FA Cup winners Arsenal will face off with current Premier League champions Chelsea in the 2015 FA Community Shield at London’s Wembley Stadium early Monday morning Australian time.
Both teams have made key signings in the offseason and will be confident of securing the season’s first piece of English Football silverware.
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The Gunners contested a typically strong campaign through the 2014/15 Premier League season without setting the world on fire; finishing third overall on 75 competition points and gaining an immediate berth in the European Champions League.
Far-more convincing in their defence of the FA Cup, Arsenal began their campaign with a 2-0 win of 2013/14 runners up Hull City before sneaking past Brighton 3-2.
Building momentum with a comfortable win over Championship side Middlesbrough, the Gunners drew fierce rivals Manchester United in the quarterfinals but did enough to progress with a 2-1 victory; setting up a semi-final with Reading; won 2-1 in extra time.
Never troubled when beating Aston Villa 4-0 in the final, Arsenal have lost the services of Abou Diaby and Lukas Podolski most notably ahead of the 2015 Community Shield but have welcomed the likes of Romanian international Vlad Dragomir, Donyell Malen and former Chelsea shot stopper Petr Cech.
Chelsea were clinical under the guidance of Jose Mourinho during their climb back to the pinnacle of English football in 2014/15, sewing up the Premier League title with almost a month of play remaining.
Having clearly asserted their dominance over their key London rivals, the big Manchester clubs and Liverpool, Chelsea are clear favourites to go back-to-back in the Premier League this campaign and will be teeming with confidence leading into the 2015 Community shield following a strong preseason.
Having lost Cech to Arsenal and popular striker Didier Drogba to MLS side Montreal Impact most notably in the offseason, Chelsea have signed Asmir Begovic as back up for Thibaut Courtois and attacking midfielder Nathan, while Mourinho has also elected to pick up Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco.
Arsenal vs Chelsea Head-to-Head
Games Played: 170
Arsenal wins: 66, Chelsea wins: 55, Draws: 49
On Neutral Ground
Games Played: 4
Arsenal wins: 1, Chelsea wins: 3
Arsenal vs Chelsea Preview
In what is sure to be one of the better editions of the FA Community Shield in years, the intense London rivalry between Arsenal and Chelsea is sure to add an extra element to this fixture.
Arsenal boast a slick defence, flowing midfield and multi-dimensional strike force which is now capped by the world class and experience of Petr Cech between the posts.
Chelsea are also firm in the defence with the calm nature of John Terry and Gary Cahill, but arguably trump Arsenal through the middle of the field via the likes of Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Juan Cuadrado and Oscar.
Both teams will look to dominate possession from kick-off, and whoever is successful in doing that will likely win. We’re confident Chelsea will sneak home 2-1 for the season’s first trophy, currently available at a quote of $10 in correct score markets.