Arsenal will kick start their 2014/2015 season today when they take on League champions Manchester City for the Community Shield in what will present a very tricky tie for the two sides who are desperate to get a good start to their season campaign.
Arsenal play Manchester City in the annual curtain raiser for the Community Shield at Wembley. This will be a good kick-off to the season as last seasons FA Cup winners take on the Premier League winners.
This will be a good chance for the fans to see their clubs new signings. This should be a fiesty encounter as the first trophy of the season is up for grabs.
This is Arsenal’s first Community Shield since 2005 so they will be looking to win it for their faithful fans. Arsenal will have a more then sufficent squad with only Abou Diaby the only injury concern and they will also be without their three World Cup winners Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski who have not returned from their summer break.
Manchester City will have a whole host of their big name players missing for the game with the likes of Vincent Kompany, Martin Demichelis, Pablo Zabaleta and Sergio Aguero set to be missing for the Premier League Champions. However, despite this City’s large squad depth will provide quality replacements.
Wembley will be a cauldron of noise with droves of Gunners and City fans expected to pack out the famous old venue. The bookies have made Arsenal slight favourites but form goes out the window but one thing will be for sure both sides will be going all out for the win.
Arsenal will be coming off the back of an FA Cup victory on the same turf when the Gunners triumphed over Hull City in Wembley back in May. So it will be expected that there should be some advantage for the Gunners as regards familiar ground, coupled with the influx of new stars as well as the absence of a handful of City stars.
FA Community Shield
Venue: Wembley Stadium