Lacazette starts, no Sanchez in the Arsenal squad

The last time Arsenal failed to win at Wembley was the 2013/14 FA Cup semi-final vs Wigan (1-1), while the last side to beat them there was Birmingham in the 2010/11 League Cup final.

Chelsea will be looking to repeat their feat from 2006 when they defended the Premier League title under Jose Mourinho's stewardship, but Conte expects the challenge to be even tougher than last season, when his first year in England proved hugely successful.

Despite signing France striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon in July for a club record 60 million euros, Arsenal have chosen to keep Sanchez for the final year of his contract.

Wenger told BBC Sport following Sunday's game: "We had some hard moments at the start of the second half but after that we dominated".

Following Arsenal's victory, Wenger was quick to praise his new signing, paying attention to the strength of the full-back. What was even more shocking, however, was the terrible penalty that £55 million transfer striker Alvaro Morata pulled wide.

Chelsea and Arsenal play at Wembley Stadium on Sunday in the FA Community Shield, the traditional season curtain-raiser.

Chelsea grew into the game as the match went on.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was forced to give Kolasinac his debut before halftime due to a head injury suffered by Per Mertesacker.

Past Community Shield matches have often lacked genuine competitiveness, but the shared summer of discontent and a fierce London rivalry should guarantee entertainment on Sunday. - The last two red cards issued in Community Shield matches have been to Chelsea players (Branislav Ivanovic in 2012, Pedro in 2017).

The Gunners pushed for an equaliser, with Arsene Wenger sending on Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott for Lacazette and Alex Iwobi. Arsenal equalised in the 82nd minute when substitute Sead Kalasinac headed home to cap an impressive performance.

Meanwhile, Wenger has also indicated that his squad is too big and he will have to sell some players before the start of the new season. They have added Tiemoue Bakayoko, who is a very strong player, a strong ball-winner, similar to Nemanja Matic, maybe less of a distance runner but more of an impact player - but certainly they will fight for the championship again.

  • Angelo Rivera