Everyone was expecting the departure of manager Arsène Wenger last season, but winning the FA Cup was his last hope of keeping his job, and, when they won it, that gave the French another season in charge of the Gunners.
Despite missing the qualification for the Champions League, the board decided not to replace him. The concerns kept on rising as they signed Lacazette from Lyon, for a squad where Giroud and Sánchez, according to the instructions received, will stay, so we should see some competition for a place in the starting 11.
Antonio Conte however, realized that a team that wins the title, may not be good enough to keep up their form and to fulfil the high expectations they currently have on them.
By “swapping” Diego Costa, Matic and John Terry for Morata, Bakayoko and Rudiger, the Italian manager showed good understanding of the dynamics that make a team evolve, by aiming and preparing for another season with great success.
On the pre-season, both teams suffered losses that should make them re-think their options. Arsenal lost to Sevilla, while Chelsea lost to Inter Milan and Bayern München.
But the game between Gunners and Blues played on the 22nd July can offer some better data for analysis of this Community Shield duel. Chelsea won 3-0, in a match that has maybe made Wenger rethink the need to try a three defender system in his squad.
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It will therefore be a Community Shield between two teams who will approach the match using a system with only 3 defenders, and with more presence in the midfield, which should favour Chelsea, since they are more used to this style of play.
Anyway, both teams have given signs of being able to take advantage of their offensive ability, in detriment of their defensive organization in this stage of the season, which should lead to a match where both teams score.