As the season draws ever closer, the Community Shield is often viewed as the traditional curtain raiser for the Premier League - pitting the previous season's league champions against the winners of the FA Cup.
"Antonio Conte came in and gave him a new lease of life".
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has expressed conerns the absence of Nigeria International due to suspension when the 2017/18 Premier League campaign kick off. For me for this reason it is very hard for me to say something about this decision.
"When you arrive in England you must be ready to fight with big teams, against big players, against big coaches". I'll have six days to try to find the best solution.
Arsenal celebrated and Chelsea looked on, just as they had done in May when the Gunners beat them in the FA Cup final but it had been an even contest after 90 minutes. "Arsene Wenger is one of the best in the world and Arsenal is one of the best teams".
The two experienced centre-backs both jumped for a header following a Chelsea corner and by the time the hit the ground the Gunners' German giant was a bloody mess.
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The Premier League champions looked to be on course for a small dose of revenge on their FA Cup conquerors, but they found themselves reduced to 10 men on 80 minutes, when Pedro was dismissed for a studs up tackle on Mohamed Elneny.
The two sides also met in Bird's Nest stadium in China a fortnight ago where the Blues comfortably won 3-0, albeit in a pre-season friendly.
Chelsea will then begin their title defence against Burnley FC a day later at Stamford Bridge.
"We want to be united and together through the season and hopefully we can be happy at the end of the season".
"I will always play a team that has a good chance to win the next game".
Eden Hazard (ankle) and new signing Tiemoue Bakayoko (knee) were both absent.
Defeat for Chelsea added to the uneasy atmosphere around the club since winning the title, with uncertainty and rancour surrounding the future of striker Diego Costa, who is up for sale and didn't play at Wembley.