Live Update: Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea
The much awaited Community Shield match between EPL Champions Chelsea and FA cup Champions, Arsenal is about to kick off.
Naij.com is set to bring to you a minute-by-minute account of the game.
Arsenal XI: Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Cazola, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Ramsey; Walcott.
Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry(c), Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Ramires, Willian, Hazard; Remy
61′ A glorious chance for Hazard, but he baloons the ball over the bar, to the delight of the Arsenal fans.
59′ A long pass to Falcao, but the former Chelsea keeper rushes to ‘steal’ the ball.
58′ The game is getting tensed. Both teams trying to be very careful not to lose possession. Matic is so much in control of the Chelsea mid-field.
56′ Great play by Oscar, as his effort from over 25 yards sails wide.
55′ Monreal halts another Chelsea attack, puts the ball into touch for a throwing to Chelsea.
53′ Another substitution by Chelsea. Ramires seem to have seen enough has he makes way for Brazilian midfielder Oscar.
51′ A through pass to Ozil from Coquelin was too heavy, as the ball rolls into touch. Goal kick to Chelsea
48′ Pressure upon pressure, the Blues trying to find the equalizer. Injured Diego Costa can’t help but to watch his team mates from the stands.
47′ Arsenal seem to be chasing another goal, but Chamberlain’s effort was distorted by John Terry.
46′ Chelsea substitution: Falcao IN for Loic Remy
45′ Referee Taylor signals the end of the first half and so far Chamberlain’s goal in the 23rd minute is enough for the Gunners, as both teams head for the dressing room. HT Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea.
44′ Another attempt by Chelsea, but the deflection look so tame to trouble Peter Cech.
43′ Falcao, spotted on the touch-line warming up. The Gunners have so far player a very tasking formation of a mass attack, mass defense strategy.
41′ Chamberlain’s effort was headed off the post by Ivanovic.
39′ Fabregas’ effort was deflected as goal keeper Cech takes care of the ball. Hazard and Willian seem to have changed position. Willian now plays from the right and Hazard moves into the centre.
37′ Ramsey’s shot could only find the side-netting.
35′ More and more attack by ‘The Blues’. The Gunners are also weary as Ramires’ header went just wide across the bar. Mourinho seem frustrated!
32′ An attempt by Ramires, as Chelsea keeps searching for their first player to score against ‘run-away’ goalkeeper, Peter Cech.
28-31′ No real action here as both teams seem to be very ‘diplomatic’ in letting the ball off. Ball tosses around the mid-field.
26′ Arsenal seem to be very determined to take defend the Community Shield as the team continues to dominate play here. However, Hazard has been very quiet in the first quarter of an hour.
24′ The Chelsea captain, John Terry was caught unawares and it’s now Arsenal 1 – 0 Chelsea.
23′ Goooaaaaaalllllllll……. Chamberlain puts Arsenal ahead. Assisted by Walcott.
22′ Freekick taken and a great header by Theo Walcott but Courtoirs safely takes the ball. Skillful Carzorla takes the ball.
20′ A defensive howler almost cost Chelsea here as Terry almost gifted Walcott the ball at the edge of the 18′. Ramires needs to be careful at this time as he gives away another free-kick.
19′ Cahill is now on his feet, but obviously bleeding, due to the sliding tackle.
17′ Great through-pass and Arsenal seem to be looking for the opener. It’s a one-two…., Ozil tries to unlock the Chelsea defense, but Cahill says NO! as he intercepts for a Chelsea counter.
15′ Ramsey leads the attack this time for Arsenal, with a well organized defense. Arsene Wenger now on his feet, charging ‘his boys’ to Up their game.
13′ The game has settled as the ‘blues’ now try to pass the ball around. A cross, but deflected for another Chelsea corner.
11′ Willian again seem to be in to flight here as he takes on two Arsenal players, lays a fine pass to Loic Remi, but the cross was deflected for a corner-kick to Chelsea.
8′ An infringement here, as Mertesacker challenged Fabregas, although the Chelsea player seem to have dived, the referee seem to be un-interested.
6′ Referee Anthony Taylor stops the game, after Chelsea’s Willian was fouled, just around the centre-circle.
4′ A half-chance for Arsenal as Ozil’s flick in the box could only find a ‘blue-shirt’. Game On…. Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea
2′ Ramires takes on one, two players trying to unsettle the Chelsea defense, but it looks like the Mourinho-led side is ready to leave no stone un-turned.
1′ Arsenal kicks the game off and look very promising, but the first attempt by Carzola was parried away by Chelsea Goal-Keeper, Courtois.