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Arsenal win their first title of the season against City

Arsenal win their first title of the season against City

It seemed unlikely but Arsenal did it. Mikel Arteta’s men retained the first trophy of the season, the Community Shield at Wembley Stadium, beating all of Manchester City. Pep Guardiola was already involved in the trophy, but Leandro Trossard’s late equalizer and the Gunners’ penalties resulted in the loss of the title.

DATA SHEET
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POSITIONS

Manchester City

Ortega; Walker, Stones, Dias, Akanji; Rodri, Kovacic (De Bruyne, 64′); Bernardo, Julián Álvarez, Grealish (Foden, 58′); Haaland (Palmer, 64′).

arsenal

Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel (Smith-Rowe, 87′), Timber (Tierney, 76′); Partey, Rice (Nketiah, 81′); Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli (Trossard, 75′); Havertz (Fabio Vieira, 87′).

Goals

1-0 M. 77 Palmer. 1-1 M. 90 Trossard.

referee

Stuart Atwell. TA: Julián Álvarez (31′) / Partey (8′), Havertz (27′), Gabriel (66′).

incidents

Game defined by penalties. Kevin de Bruyne and Rodri failed for Manchester City. Odegaard, Trossard, Saka and Fabio Vieira scored for Arsenal. Played at Wembley Stadium (81,145 spectators).

The opportunity for “vendetta” was latent for both of them. City were looking to contest a trophy they narrowly missed out on last season. Then Liverpool were fearsome and defeated them 3-1, right on the day of Erling Haaland’s official debut. The “gunners”, in turn, saw their faces with their executioner from the previous campaignthe same team that ‘stole’ the Premier and eliminated him from the FA Cup. It was an opportunity for revenge.

Mikel Arteta, who produced his three “Galactics” right at the beginning, didn’t want to save anything. One per line: Jurrien Timber he occupied the left lane (signed by Ajax for 40 million euros), Declan Rice He was midfield (he came from West Ham for 116 kilos) and Kai Havertz He was the attacking reference (enlisted after paying Chelsea €75m).

Guardiola preferred to keep some weapons, Leaving names like Kevin de Bruyne on the bench or not calling up newcomer Josko Gvardiol. Of course, he gave the opportunity to do so in the spinal cord Matthew Kovacic, although the Croatian could do little to open a very tight first half. Both teams had few options, the clearest for Havertz: He missed a one-on-one in the penalty area and left the serve to Stefan Ortega.

Guardiola shook the tree early in the second half. He gave De Bruyne the opening minutes of the Champions League final. The Belgian, who had recovered from his injury, changed the face of the midfielder. also accompanied in his contribution by Phil Foden and a Cole Palmer that he entered via Haaland and that he points out the rotation of this course. In fact, the youngster managed to break the zero with a shot that Timber ultimately parried.

It was a warning of what was to come. Foden, De Bruyne and Palmer reunited on the counterattack with a front row pass that broke through the defence; The Belgian headed it up and passed the ball down the wing to the 21-year-old winger. Looking for space, Palmer found the spike and placed it at an angle impossible for Ramsdale. It appeared to be the definitive stopping point for an arsenal that once again fell at his feet.

But Mikel Arteta didn’t give up on the band. He knocked out two defensive players – Rice and Gabriel – to give access to two attackers – Smith Rowe and Nketiah. He charged at full speed towards Ortega’s goal and was rewarded after 100 minutes. Leandro Trossard got the shot, Akanji deflected the shot and the game ended 1-1 on penalties.

Anyone who had a good game for City missed their shot. De Bruyne hit the post first; Rodri then watched as Ramsdale parried his shot. Nobody failed at Arsenal and Fabio Vieira ensured the shootout ended with the fourth goal. The first title of the course remains in London and Arteta shed his personal yoke in front of Pep’s.

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