Arsenal defeated Liverpool after penalties, winning the Community Shield trophy. The team from London was better after the shootout 5-4, with the regular part of the game finishing, 1-1.
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang was once again the pivotal piece in Arsenal’s game. The Gabonese scored the only goal for his team during 90 minutes and delivered the final penalty that sealed the match.
“Today we deserved the win. I will take this trophy and hopefully, this time I won’t drop it! I am very happy. We’re going to see [about a new contract]. Today we get the trophy,” Auba stated following the trophy ceremony.
A stunning team move, a stunning finish! 🤩
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 29, 2020
His status in Arsenal is still not clear, but it seems that the chances for his stay are much better than before. Some sources from around the club are suggesting that the latest two trophies and Arteta’s new philosophy of play dramatically improved the atmosphere in the club, which is why Aubameyang has second thoughts on leaving.
The game at Wembley wasn’t nice at all. It was the first competitive match, with both teams still not being 100% ready. Nevertheless, Jurgen Klopp sent his best 11 on the pitch, and that gave results early on. Liverpool was controlling the game, and a couple of mild chances and was looking better overall.
The first goal, however, came on the other side. Aubameyang’s shot outside the box was untouchable for Alisson, who started for the Reds. Arsenal’s striker sent a rocket from some 20 yards a little bit to the left, and suddenly it was 0-1 for the Gunners.
Liverpool continued to attack and to pressure but without some notable chance. The only thing worth mentioning from their side was Virgil Van Dijk’s goal, but that was ruled out due to an offside.
“We had to play against a low block and a counter-attacking threat. But we should have created more because we had the ball quite a lot,” said Klopp.
If you thought Klopp couldn’t get any better…
— Goal (@goal) August 29, 2020
Arsenal was in constant defense, waiting for the counter-attack. Yet, as time went by, they were frequently backfooted, pressured, and without a chance for a breakaway. With a situation like this, it was inevitable for the Reds to score.
Takumi Minamino netted in the 72nd minute, and when everyone thought that the Premier League champions are going to make a final push to turn this game upside down, they stopped, and the contest ended 1-1.
The penalty shootout saw just one miss, and that one was from Liverpool’s Ryan Brewster. It was the game-decider as all others scored. Aubameyang’s shot in the fifth series closed the event, and secured the second straight trophy for his side.
“Hopefully, they can get used to it, it creates belief and a good atmosphere. Big games, big moments, big players,” Arteta spoke for the media, adding that he too believes in Aubameyang’s new contract. “We are close!”
Our first five @premierleague games are in 😍
⚪️ Fulham vs. Arsenal 🔴
🍬 Everton vs. WBA 🐦
😇 Southampton vs. Spurs 🤍
🏖 Brighton vs. Man Utd 🇾🇪
🔴 Sheffield Utd vs. Leeds ⚪️
Roll-on September 👌 pic.twitter.com/Hj8Bq7ztj5
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 28, 2020
This was the 16th Community Shield trophy for Arsenal, who tied with Manchester United for the most in this competition. Liverpool is second with one title fewer. The Gunners are almost perfect in these matches with just one loss so far, almost 30 years ago, in 1991.
Community Shield marks the start of the football season in England. The world’s most exciting league, Premiership, starts on September 12.
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