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Five things learned during Arsenal's penalty shootout win over Chelsea in the Community Shield

Sunday 6th August 2017
The traditional Community Shield curtain-raiser on a brand new season took place at Wembley this weekend. Premier League winners Chelsea went head-to-head with FA Cup victors Arsenal in an exciting fixture. The Gunners came out on top in a penalty shootout, following a feisty 1-1 draw over 90 minutes.

We're now less than a week away from Premier League football on our television screens, and what better way for the buildup to continue with two heavyweights going toe-to-toe. Chelsea and Arsenal are fierce rivals, and although the Community Shield is classed as a 'friendly' it was anything but.

Alvaro Morata will have to do better



Alvaro Morata didn't start the game at Wembley, but when he came on, he was largely underwhelming. Of course, he'll improve with more minutes under his belt, but today couldn't have gone any worse for him. It was all summed up by an abject penalty in the shootout that brushed off the post and went wide; a day to forget for the former Real Madrid man.

There is a lot of pressure when it comes to leading the line for the current Premier League champions, which presents its own problems for any footballer. Personally, I think that he'll end up being a brilliant buy for Antonio Conte, but the 24-year-old will need time.

Sead Kolašinac looks like a steal



Sead Kolašinac of Bosnia was brought in on a free transfer after his contract with Schalke 04 expired, and he looked absolutely superb when he came on. The left-back was introduced into the action after a nasty head collision meant that Per Mertesacker had to be replaced, and he certainly didn't look out of place.

Physically, he's dominant, whilst on the ball he's excellent, and he can make an impact in the air too, as we learned from his goal in the dying embers of the match. It was a superb start for Kolašinac, but he'll have to keep improving if he wants to be a regular fixture in Arsene Wenger's starting XI.

Chelsea missed Hazard's creativity



Eden Hazard is looking likely to miss the first few games of the new campaign at the very least, and his absence was a glaring one for his team in the Community Shield. The attacker brings that spark of genius to the table, and without him, Chelsea's front line looks rather toothless at times.

I guess that's just natural, any team will miss their best player, particularly one who can be as influential as Hazard. Although Pedro and Willian did alright, the sooner the 26-year-old former LOSC Lille man is back, the better.

Arsenal could be deadly if Alexis Sanchez stays



Arsenal looked pretty good, and if Alexis Sanchez remains at The Emirates, don't be surprised if The Gunners put in a long overdue title charge this season. Slowly but surely, Wenger has spent the cash and is building an excellent squad, full of depth and talent. They've made some great signings this summer, fronted by a brand new #9 in the form of Alexandre Lacazette.

Add Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Sanchez (all were missing from the Shield) into the mix, and then have a relatively injury-free run, then Wenger's side have huge potential. It just shows what a bit of consistency can do, eh? All they have to do is persuade the Chilean to stay.

The new 'ABBA' penalty system was on show for the first time



Today we witnessed the new 'ABBA' penalty system for the first time. Basically, one team will take one penalty, then the next team will take two after that. Apparently, the old system gave a 'natural advantage' to the team kicking first, and this new system is put in place to eradicate that.

Honestly, I loved the classic format of the shootout, and if there was one area of the game that didn't need to be changed it was that. Personally, today's spot-kicks were all over a little bit too quickly for my liking, and I hope that isn't a trend that continues.
Jordan Street

Jordan Street, 25-year old sports writer. Avid Manchester United fan and season ticket holder. Lover of the Premier League. Enjoys American sports. Tom Brady's biggest admirer, Kyrie Irving for MVP.


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