The new Premier League season begins with the Community Shield match between London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
Arsene Wenger couldn’t have been happier defeating the Premier League champions in the FA Cup final last season as it became their saving grace of a much disappointed season and will be aiming to claim more silverware against the Blues.
Both sides have bolstered their squad ahead of the coming season but Arsenal have stalled in the transfer market since the signing of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon, though there are reports Thomas Lemar could move to the Emirate Stadium before the window closes.
Arsenal Team News
New signings Sead Kolasinac and Lacazette could make their competitive debut for the Gunners on Sunday while the match may come too soon for Alexis Sanchez who just resumed training after being handed an extended break following his participation in the Confederation Cup for Chile.
Shkodran Mustafi remains a doubt, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey are expected to be fit for the match after their injury scare while Francis Coquelin is out.
Chelsea Team News
Antonio Conte will be without two forwards; Eden Hazard due to his ankle injury and Pedro who suffered multiple facial fractures in the recent 3-0 win over Arsenal. Summer arrival Tiemoue Bakayoko will not feature in the match as he continues to recover from a knee injury while Alvaro Morata is available to start. Victor Moses is also available despite his red card in the FA Cup final as this game is seen more like a friendly.
Arsenal Predicted XI;
Petr Cech; Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey, Sead Kolasinac; Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Danny Welbeck
Chelsea Predicted XI;
Thibaut Courtois; Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Gary Cahill; Victor Moses, N’Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas, Marcos Alonso; Willian, Michy Batshuayi, Alvaro Morata