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Arsenal beat Chelsea 4-1 on penalties to lift the Community Shield

Arsenal beat Chelsea 4-1 on penalties to lift the Community Shield

The Premier League champions lost their second successive Wembley game against the Gunners after the FA Cup final which was lifted by Arsene Wenger's side only 71 days ago.

Conte told prematch conference, "It was a pity to lose the game, to lose the FA Cup final against Arsenal after a really great season for us".

Conte, whose team begin the defence of their Premier League title with a home match against Burnley on Saturday, added: "Today was a tough game for both teams". Conte has completed significant business, bringing Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata to Chelsea this summer, while Wenger has signed Sead Kolasinac and club record transfer Alexandre Lacazette.

Nigerian global Victor Moses had opened scoring for Chelsea, a minute into the second half, after the first half had ended goalless.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says the season is shaping up to be the "most difficult" of his career, such is the strength of the Premier League.

Aaron Ramsey missed Arsenal's open training session on Thursday with what Wenger described as a "little muscular problem", while Mesut Ozil is also likely to recover from a minor ankle issue.

Moses was sent off in the FA Cup final in May for a second bookable offence and it was reported that the Nigerian worldwide will miss the London derby at Wembley.

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The Community Shield will mark the second time these two teams have met in preseason after Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-0 in a friendly in Beijing, China.

Among the Arsenal players on show was defender Rob Holding, who played on the right of a back-three with Hector Bellerin pushing up next to him, and the former Bolton Wanderers man continues to prove he has a long-term future at the Emirates Stadium. What was even more shocking, however, was the very bad penalty that £55 million transfer striker Alvaro Morata pulled wide.

The Gunners were forced into a change around the half-hour mark, Per Mertesacker replaced by Kolasinac after drawing blood in an aerial challenge with Gary Cahill, a blow for Wenger, who was already without Shkodran Mustafi and had opted to leave out Laurent Koscielny.

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.

Wenger made two changes with 24 minutes remaining, Theo Walcott and Giroud replacing Iwobi and Lacazette, and Xhaka nearly equalised soon after with a superb 30-yard strike, Courtois producing a fingertip save to deny him.

With Arsenal on the offensive, things got worse for Blues with Pedro getting a red card.

For Arsenal, this was the third penalty shootout in the Community Shield.