ARSENAL THRASH MANCHESTER CITY AND TAKE COMMUNITY SHIELD

Arsenal fans have cause to be optimistic for the season, which starts next weekend as their team laid down an early marker  by thrashing Man City 3-0 to win the Community Shield. A game, which was relatively quiet, came to live in the 21st minute when Arsenal took the lead. After some neat passing the

Arsenal fans have cause to be optimistic for the season, which starts next weekend as their team laid down an early marker  by thrashing Man City 3-0 to win the Community Shield.

A game, which was relatively quiet, came to live in the 21st minute when Arsenal took the lead. After some neat passing the ball fell to Santi Carzola who shifted the ball onto his right foot thus losing Deryck Boyata in the process. He then calmly slotted the ball past Willy Caballero.

Arsenal should have doubled their lead in the 24th minute when Carzola played in Sanogo, however he dragged his shot wide of the post.

Just before the half hour mark Arsenal had another chance to double their lead from a corner. However the ball came off Sanogo and into the hands of the grateful Caballero.

With eight minutes of the half remaining Clichy crossed the ball from the left of the Arsenal box but Samir Nasri missed an easy chance to score as he missed the ball, when it seemed easier for him to score.

Just before half time Arsenal doubled their lead.  The ball was fed to Sanogo in the City box and he managed to find Ramsey who calmly slotted the ball past Caballero.  It was not more than the gunners deserved, as they were the better team up to that point of the game.

Arsenal could have made it three as Sanchez was played through but Caballero was quick off his line to smother the danger.

Seven minutes after the break city had a chance to pull one back. Aleksandar Kolarov crossed the ball into the Arsenal box but Stevan Jovetic’s header hit the post and he blazed the rebound wide.

A few minutes later Jovetic had another chance to score but Wojciech Szczesny saved his fierce shot. City were clearly in the ascendancy and looked like they would be the team who scores next.

However on the hour mark Arsenal put the game beyond Man City.  Substitute Olivier Giroud picked the ball up 30 yards out when nothing seemed on. However he looked up and took a shot, which appeared to take a slight deflection on its way into the City goal. 

Just before the end of the game Boyata has a chance to pull one back for City but his header was wide of the Arsenal goal. 

At one stage the Arsenal fans shouted “There’s only one Arsene Wenger.”  That must have been music to his ears.

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