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Hello, and welcome to Nigerianeye's live coverage of the Community Shield between Chelsea and Arsenal.

For the fourth time in 2017, the two London rivals go head to head with a Premier League fixture and the FA Cup final between followed by a pre-season game in Beijing.

League champions Chelsea have emerged victorious in two of the three games, but Arsenal booked their place at Wembley Stadium by triumphing in the FA Cup in May.

Chelsea are looking to lift the shield for the fifth time, while Arsenal will move level with Liverpool on 15 wins if they can earn another success over the Blues in North London.


ARSENAL: Cech, Holding, Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin, Xhaka, Elneny, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Welbeck, Lacazette, Iwobi
ARSENAL SUBSTITUTES: Ospina, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Nelson, Willock, Walcott, Giroud

CHELSEA: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Batshuayi, Pedro
CHELSEA SUBSTITUTES: Caballero, Rudiger, Christensen, Scott, Boga, Musonda, Morata

Arsenal completely dominate the penalty shootout and win it 4-1. Courtois sent his effort high over the crossbar and Morata clipped the outside of the post.Thanks for joining our live coverage of the match!


GOAL! Chelsea 1-4 Arsenal (Giroud)

GOAL! Chelsea 1-3 Arsenal (Oxlade-Chamberlain)

MISS! Chelsea 1-2 Arsenal (Morata)

MISS! Chelsea 1-2 Arsenal (Courtois)

GOAL! Chelsea 1-2 Arsenal (Monreal)

GOAL! Chelsea 1-1 Arsenal (Walcott)

GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal (Cahill)

A reminder that the 'ABBA' method will be used in this shootout. Chelsea are going to take the first kick.

Penalties are coming right up...

90+5 min FULL TIME: Chelsea 1-1 Arsenal

90+3 min CHANCE! After Chelsea are adjudged to be offside from a free kick, Arsenal counter and Walcott has time to get a shot away on the right-hand side of the box. However, he attempts to cut inside and ends up scuffing an effort through to Courtois.

90 min There will be five minutes of added-on time. It remains all Arsenal, who want to settle this before penalties.

87 min SUBSTITUTION! Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson is on for Welbeck, who seems to have picked up a knock.

85 min As it stands, we are heading for penalties, but don't be surprised if Arsenal find a late winner. Each of Chelsea's player are back defending in their own half.

83 min SUBSTITUTION! Straight after the goal, Conte introduced Charly Musonda for Willian.

82 min From the resulting free kick, Xhaka whips in a fine delivery from Kolasinac to power a header into the far corner via the post. Chelsea had looked to catch players offside, but one of their defenders stepped back too early.

82 min GOAL! Chelsea 1-1 Arsenal (Kolasinac)

80 min RED CARD! Everyone was expecting Pedro to be cautioned for a studs-up challenge on Elneny, but he has been sent off! Judging by the replay, it is probably the correct decision.

79 min SUBSTITUTION! It's time for another Chelsea summer signing to enter the action, with Antonio Rudiger replacing Alonso.

78 min CHANCE! Morata is straight into the action after meeting Willian's pass into the penalty area, but the angle is too tight and his effort goes well over the crossbar.

76 min SAVE! We know that Xhaka likes to hit one from distance and he does so here, only to see Courtois pull off an excellent save to his right.

74 min SUBSTITUTION! That's the end of Batshuayi's afternoon as Morata makes his entrance. This is the first change for Chelsea.

72 min Batshuayi hasn't really taken his opportunity for Chelsea today. His hold-up play has been average at best. It's almost time for Morata.

69 min After Pedro wins a free kick, it sets up Luiz to get a shot on goal but he instead tries a very delicate pass into the area. Alonso collects the second ball but his volley runs through to Cech.

66 min SUBSTITUTION! Two more changes for Arsenal, with Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud replacing Iwobi and Lacazette.

63 min If there is going to be a second goal, Arsenal look most likely to get it. Only some good defending from Luiz stops a cross being sent into the six-yard box.

59 min SAVE! This is a stunning save from Courtois, who has to back pedal to prevent Elneny's drilled cross from finding the net.

58 min Both players are back up and ready for action. Arsenal are on the offensive, however, so they are not being given any time to get back settled into the match.

56 min The Sun is causing all kinds of havoc at one end of the pitch. In what is basically the same spot where Mertesacker was injured, Luiz and Cahill jump into one another and are down receiving treatment.

54 min The Blues look increasingly lively at the start of this second half. Conte must have really got into his players at the break. It's probably only a matter of time before we start to see some substitutions.

50 min SHOT! Arsenal attempt a response through Elneny, but his left-foot volley is always swerving off target. A lot of these players have probably been told that they won't play 90 minutes, hence the rapid start to the second half.

49 min CHANCE! Chelsea could easily double their lead. A cross from Fabregas causes all kinds of problems and a miscued volley from Batshuayi ends up being easily claimed by Cech.

46 min What a start to the second half! It's redemption for Moses who was sent off against Arsenal in the FA Cup final. Arsenal failed to clear a corner and after Cahill headed the ball back into the penalty area, Moses reacted fastest to fire home from close range.

46 min GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal (Moses)

46 min We are back underway.

The half-time whistle goes at Wembley and we remain goalless. It wasn't a half of chance after chance but it's been a competitive game. Arsenal have gone closest with Lacazette's effort which struck the post.

45+3 min HALF TIME: Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal

45 min There will be three minutes of added-on time.

44 min SHOT! Iwobi nearly scores what would go down as a worldie. He twisted and turned inside the penalty area before getting a shot away from 14 yards, but it was straight at Courtois.

41 min Arsenal have come back into it over the past few minutes. The break in play and substitution had broken up their rhythm, but they are back on the offensive now. It's been a highly competitive first half.

37 min BOOKING! Willian wants a penalty but he is being booked for diving. It's not a penalty but it's not a dive. There was minimal contact from Bellerin which led to the Brazilian kicking the back of his own heel.

35 min BOOKING! Another caution, this time for Chelsea. Alonso is booked for stopping a breakaway soon after Pedro's shot was saved.

35 min SHOT! Pedro should probably play in Batshuayi, but his shot from an acute angle forces an excellent save out of Cech at his near post. The move had been started by an outstanding cross-field ball from Willian.

32 min SUBSTITUTION! That's the end of Mertesacker's afternoon. He will be replaced by Kolasinac. Monreal is likely to move into the centre, with Kolasinac being deployed to the left of the back three.

27 min Ouch. This is a really nasty one for Mertesacker, who runs straight into the elbow of Cahill. It opens a big cut on the side of his nose. The German was attempting to win the ball in the air but the Sun seemed to be in his eyes.

23 min  WOODWORK! So close for Arsenal. They work an opportunity for Lacazette inside the penalty area and although his curling effort beats Courtois, it strikes the post and goes clear.

21 min For the first time in a while, Chelsea have a sustained spell of possession but it only leads to Pedro trying a run which isn't really on. It ends with Arsenal regaining the ball.

17 min I think that we can forget this game being played as a glorified friendly. There has been two yellow cards and both teams are looking to play at a frenetic pace. It's still Arsenal who are having the upper hand.

15 min BOOKING! A second booking in quick succession after Bellerin goes in late on Alonso. Another simple decision for the official.

13 min BOOKING! Azpilicueta loses possession to Welbeck and it leads to the defender having to pull the shirt of the striker to halt his run. Easy decision for the referee.

12 min The Gunners are continuing to have the better of the opening stages. They are much sharper than the Premier League champions, who look all over the place at the back. It's following a similar pattern to that of the FA Cup final.

8 min CHANCE! Arsenal have come out of the traps quickly. A brilliant pass from Xhaka finds the run of Welbeck but his header is weak and straight at Courtois.

7 min Iwobi is only in the team due to the absence of Ozil and Sanchez but he has already made an impression. He just glided past Luiz before pulling the ball back for a teammate but Chelsea somehow avoid conceding an early goal.

6 min Chelsea are looking to try to turn both Mertesacker and Monreal in order to exploit their lack of pace. Cech's starting point in his own penalty area is making it difficult for passes to be successful, however.

3 min It's been a bright start from both sides. A long ball from Luiz almost caught out the Arsenal defence but once the Gunners regained possession, they attacked directly and put their opponents under pressure.

1 min After a period of silence for the families affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy, we are underway at Wembley.

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