Stand behind us, Wenger pleads with Arsenal fans

Stand behind us, Wenger pleads with Arsenal fans

ANTONIO CONTE has revealed why he dropped Alvaro Morata to the bench for Community Shield clash against Arsenal.

Things livened up quickly after the break when Moses put Chelsea ahead.

From the resulting free-kick, debutant Sead Kolasinac headed the Gunners level to take the match to penalties.

The long-standing system was deemed by soccer's lawmaking body to be handing an unfair advantage to the team going first. Team A then get two successive penalties, a little like the tie-break in tennis, and so on until there is a victor.

Gary Cahill got Chelsea off to a flawless start before Theo Walcott and Nacho Monreal responded by finding the target for Arsenal.

Monreal scored, before Courtois and Morata both missed horribly, to the delight of the Arsenal fans behind the goal.

Kolasinac has looked impressive throughout Arsenal's pre-season.

Willian then went into the book after he was adjudged to have dived under a challenge from Hector Bellerin, before the lively Alex Iwobi showed good footwork before testing Courtois at the other end.

If that was a tricky call for Madley, his decision to send off Pedro with 10 minutes remaining was more straightforward.

Conte added: "There are six teams in England that can fight for the title".

But Arsenal got back on level terms through substitute Sead Kolasinac after Pedro had been dismissed for a foul Mohamed Elneny.

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Arsenal start with summer signing Alexandre Lacazette up-front, but there's no place for Alexis Sanchez or Mesut Ozil in the matchday squad.

Victory for Arsene Wenger's men means the Shield has seen the FA Cup victor beat the defending Premier League champion for four consecutive seasons.

"Well, I don't know if it was a sending off or not, but at that moment, we were dominating", Wenger said.

"If you look at the Premier League there are ten teams that can win it - we need to maintain our togetherness".

"We have maybe seven or eight teams who say they can win the Premier League", said Wenger. "I didn't see the situation". For this reason, it is very hard for me to say something about this decision.

Just like in the FA Cup final, Chelsea was reduced to 10 men. We are working, we are trying to do our best.

"Every game is a battle in the Premier League, like today".

Wenger was keen to downplay his side's victory over the Premier League champions as the win clinched Arsenal's second pre-season bauble in a week after lifting the Emirates Cup last weekend.

- This was Arsenal's third shootout in the Community Shield, having lost its previous two against Manchester United in 1993 and 2003.

The Gunners have lost on the opening day in three of the last four seasons.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was unhappy with the referee's decision to red-card Pedro.

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