ARSENAL V MAN CITY IN CURTAIN RAISER

 Arsenal and Manchester City will play each other in the Community Shield at Wembley later this afternoon.  The purpose of this game is for both sides to finalise preparations for their busy season, which will kick off next weekend. Although both sides should be in contention for silverware this season, especially with the additions they

 Arsenal and Manchester City will play each other in the Community Shield at Wembley later this afternoon.  The purpose of this game is for both sides to finalise preparations for their busy season, which will kick off next weekend. Although both sides should be in contention for silverware this season, especially with the additions they have both made to their respective squads. Although there is silverware at the end of the game, both sets of fans would probably see this as a day out at Wembley and would probably not be dissappointed if their side loses, so long as it is not a heavy defeat.

The challenge for Manchester City is to consolidate their success of regaining the title, which they won in May as well as making a headway in the Champions League after so many disapppointing showings in recent times.  As for Arsenal, Arsene Wenger must try and satisfy the fans who have stuck by him through the nine barren years without a trophy. One thing that cannot be questioned is his lack of ambition, which he has been accussed of in the past.  Following on the back of his marquee signing last season of Mesut Ozil, Wenger has followed that up with the signing of Alexis Sanchez, which should increase his attacking options, coupled with the return of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from injuries.  

After the today’s game the matches would begin to come thick and fast, especially for Arsenal who still have to navigate a two legged tie against Besiktas in the final round of qualification for the Champions League.  Lets hope that both teams give us something to look forward to. 

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