Arsenal VS Chelsea: Community Shield 2014/2015
A highly entertaining game contested by rivals Arsenal and Chelsea could only be determined on penalties, as Mourinho's Blues went on to claim the trophy.
F.A. Cup winners Arsenal played their first competitive game under new manager Vincenzo Montella, while Premier League champions Chelsea looked to kick their season off with a victory.
Ultimately the match was decided on penalties, although Diego Costa has once again been called into the spotlight after appearing to dive to win his side a penalty.
Arsenal XI vs Chelsea
(4-2-3-1)Čech; Debuchy (45), Mertesacker (C), Dragović, Gibbs; Ramsey, Wilshere, Sánchez, Özil (63), Walcott; Welbeck.
Subs: Szczęsny, Koscielny, Cazorla (63), Giroud, Coleman (45), Flamini, Campbell.
Chelsea XI vs Arsenal
(4-2-3-1)Courtois; Ivanovic (84), Zouma, Terry (C), Azpilicueta; Fàbregas, Ramires (79), Yarmolenko, Oscar (45), Hazard; Costa.
Subs: Delac, Cahill, Cuadrado, Falcao (45), Matic (79), Filipe Luís (84), Wellington Nem.
Čech and Fàbregas faced their former clubs, with Čech making his debut for Arsenal alongside Seamus Coleman and Aleksandar Dragović, while Andriy Yarmolenko and Radamel Falcao made their Chelsea debuts.
A scorching day saw a full capacity Wembley - 90,000 people - turn out to watch the Community Shield clash between Chelsea and Arsenal. Michael Oliver blew the whistle to start the game and Arsenal stunned the Chelsea supporters by taking the lead after just fifteen seconds, Danny Welbeck turning Theo Walcott's cross past Thibaut Courtois and into the top corner of the net with a volley.
A brilliant start for Vincenzo Montella's Arsenal at Wembley, but Chelsea nearly equalized minutes afterwards following a fantastic run from Eden Hazard, but he was too selfish and his shot was too weak, Petr Čech being allowed to save the shot from his former team-mate easily. The save spurred Arsenal on for another attack, and Welbeck was once again presented with a glorious chance in the box following Walcott's hard work, but the ex-Manchester United man skewed his shot and Courtois was able to pick it up easily. Welbeck should have scored his second of the game.
The miss would prove costly as Chelsea went on to level the game before half time. An inviting cross from fullback César Azpilicueta could only find Chilean winger Alexis Sánchez but he was left red-faced when his attempted clearance struck Diego Costa and went into the Arsenal goal.
Sánchez would make up for his mistake right on the brink of half time, however, as he placed a free-kick into the top right corner of Courtois' net from 20 yards to put Arsenal back in the lead.
The half time whistle blew with Arsenal replacing Mathieu Debuchy with debutant Seamus Coleman and Chelsea bringing loanee Falcao on in place of Oscar.
Courtois made the save of the match just minutes into the second half. A good first time ball from Özil set Welbeck free of the last defender on the left flank and the England international delivered a brilliant low cross into the path of Theo Walcott, who looked certain to score but for a dive from Courtois across goal to tip the ball onto the post, with the defence clearing the ball away from the danger zone.
Then came Čech's turn to really spring into action for the first time, making a wonderful double save to first deny Diego Costa a second goal and then brilliantly jumping back up to tip former Arsenal man Fàbregas' shot wide for a corner.
But what came from the corner is what will be on the back pages. Diego Costa. The corner was swung in and the Spaniard controlled the ball well but was facing away from goal. Aaron Ramsey came in, admittedly a little recklessly, but replays showed that there was no contact with Costa. Regardless, Eden Hazard stepped up and fired the ball past Čech to bring the match level once again.
The goalkeeper produced some more heroics minutes later though as he dived low to keep Hazard from doubling his tally.
Özil was replaced by Santi Cazorla and the Spaniard was able to provide an assist for debutant Aleksandar Dragović as his free-kick, from similar range to Sánchez's earlier goal bounced off the bar and into the path of the Austrian, who slotted the ball into the open goal.
Čech denied Costa excellently from close range following a stunning cross from Falcao to keep Arsenal in the lead but the Colombian whipped in another late cross, which was turned in by Ukrainian winger Andriy Yarmolenko who was making his debut for The Blues. The game finished 3-3 and went on to penalties, where both sides scored nine penalties each before Dragović was left heartbroken as Courtois saved his penalty. Kurt Zouma stepped up to win the game and put the shot into the top corner to see Chelsea lift the trophy.
A little disappointing for Arsenal but Montella has shown he can bring attacking, entertaining play to Arsenal and keep up with the big boys at the top.