New penalty shootout system to be used in Community Shield

Solenn Plantier
Août 6, 2017

The Gunners will go back in search of silverware on Sunday when they take on Premier League champions Chelsea in the traditional curtain-raiser to the season. Chelsea were 2-1 winners in 2005, while Arsenal defeated Chelsea 1-0 in 2015 thanks to a sensational strike from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

In anticipation for Sunday's game, Bookmakers.co.uk have created a guide focusing on both opponents, and the history of the competition. But came up against an Arsenal side that were desperate to prove something.

"There are still too many questions about this side and Wenger needs to answer them before the transfer window shuts".

The English governing body said on Thursday that the "ABBA" system will be trialled at the Community Shield clash between London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea this weekend should the game end level after 90 minutes. New signings Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac are expected to feature prominently.

When it comes to winning Community Shields, Arsenal have claimed an impressive 14 titles, third to both Manchester United (21) and Liverpool (15).

Chelsea have alternated between victory and defeat in their last six matches at Wembley, losing last time out to Arsenal in the 2016/17 FA Cup final.

The news follows the EFL's announcement that they will introduce the same format for penalty shoot-outs in its competitions from next season onward. Before 2007, the Community Shield was held at former permanent homes Old Wembley (1974-2000) and the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff (2001-06).

The big dilemma for Arsenal is over whether Alexis Sanchez plays having only returned to training on Tuesday.

A win for either side on Sunday could prove the flawless confidence booster ahead of the new Premier League season which begins Friday evening.

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