Arsenal defeated Chelsea thanks to a first half goal from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to secure a consecutive Community Shield title over their London rivals. Arsene Wenger finally beat Jose Mourinho as one goal was enough to give Arsenal a 1-0 win in the first game of the season. French manager had not beaten Portuguese in 13 previous attemps. Arsenal showed great character on the pitch. The unwanted statistic of Arsene Wenger’s performances against Jose Mourinho was put to bed following a confident display from the 2014/15 Fa Cup winners, who may become serious challengers to Chelsea’s hopes of winning the Premier League title this season.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shines

The question for Arsenal is whether they can repeat their performance in the Premier League, but this great victory over their biggest rivals can only help them going into the new season. This year may be the greatest time for many Arsenal’s players. Could this be the season Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fulfils his true potential and huge talent? In the game against Chelsea he was the decisive figure and it augurs well for the season ahead. The 21-year old is yet to make at least 25 Premier League appearances in a single season since joining Arsenal in summer transfer window in 2011, but he was ever-present in The Gunners’ pre-season games and played like a man with a thing to prove against Chelsea.

Mourinho, aka “The Special One”, described pre-season results as “fake” after his team’s 4-2 defeat to New York Red Bulls last month, but Arsenal certainly seem to have gained some momentum ahead of the Premier League start. Arsenal won all four of their pre-season games and they looked sharper than their London rivals.

Petr Cech played against his former club

Petr Cech started his Arsenal career with another clean sheet. He is only two short of David James’ record of 170 Premier League shut-outs. The Cech veteran showed his experience with a typically authoritative display against his former team at Wembley. He was cheered by both fans after the final whistle.

The television cameras showed him shaking hands with every Chelsea player. Arsene Wenger was very happy with his new goalie. “Maybe he had an influence on the Chelsea players because they thought to score against him they needed the perfect goal,” he said.

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