Arsenal vs. Chelsea Live Football Streaming: Team News, Predicted Lineups, TV Info Two fierce rivals will meet at Wembley Stadium on Sunday as Premier League champions Chelsea and FA Cup holders Arsenal square off for the Community Shield.
The annual curtain-raiser for the new season can sometimes be a tepid affair, but this weekend’s clash is expected to be a hotly-contested encounter, both on and off the pitch.
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alexis Sanchez will miss the game as he recovers from helping Chile win the Copa America.
His absence could give Chuba Akpom another chance to impress Wenger following his hat-trick earlier this summer against a Singapore Select XI.
Meanwhile, the Gunners are expected to name a strong starting lineup, with the likes of Per Mertesacker, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud all likely to feature.
Gary Cahill and Diego Costa have both been passed fit after picking up injuries against Barcelona, though it remains unclear whether the pair will start.
Jose Mourinho is understood to have no further injury concerns heading into the game.
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Cech; Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Coquelin, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil; Akpom, Giroud
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Matic, Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Remy
Head To Head
Chelsea have been dominant against Arsenal in recent years thanks to an eight-game unbeaten record against the Gunners that stretches back to 2011. Last season saw the Blues beat Arsene Wenger’s side 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League before a goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium allowed them to take a big step towards the title. Wenger’s struggles to beat a team managed by Jose Mourinho are also well documented. Put simply, the Frenchman has never guided his side to a victory over his nemesis.
We say: Chelsea 1-2 Arsenal
Despite Chelsea’s impressive record against Arsenal, it would be no surprise if the Gunners finally ended their poor run against the Blues with a victory this weekend. These fixtures are often cagey affairs, with a lapse of concentration or a cool piece of finishing making the difference. With plenty of momentum behind Arsenal following an impressive summer, they may well get one over their rivals on this occasion.