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Arsenal won the Community Shield with a penalty shootout victory over Man City.

Arsenal has began the English Premier League season by beating Manchester City, as the squad hopes to finish the season.

After a 1-1 tie in regulation, the Football Association’s Community Shield, played annually at Wembley Stadium, was won by Arsenal 4-1 in a penalty shootout on Sunday.

Each year, the Premier League and FA Cup champions face off in this encounter. Arsenal participated as the league’s runner-up after City won both as part of a historic title treble that also included the Champions League, and the club may have acquired a psychological advantage going into the new season, which begins on Friday.

After City took the lead on a goal by substitute Cole Palmer in the 78th minute, the match went to penalties after in the eleventh minute of second-half stoppage time, Leandro Trossard’s deflected shot knotted the game.

Arsenal’s Fabio Vieira had a chance to win it in stoppage time after Kevin De Bruyne’s penalty kick hit the crossbar and Rodri’s shot was saved by Aaron Ramsdale. The Portuguese playmaker lofted a beautiful curling shot into the top corner.

Over the course of the full match, Arsenal created more scoring opportunities than their opponents did. Offseason signing and starting striker Kai Havertz had two first-half close-range shots saved, while Bukayo Saka also missed the target.

Before Palmer scored, John Stones had Ramsdale tip his header off a corner.

After losing to Leicester in 2021 and Liverpool in 2022, City has now gone three years without winning the Community Shield.

Worries Regarding Haaland

City boss Pep Guardiola might be slightly concerned that star scorer Erling Haaland was quiet again after scoring just once in his final eight games of the 2017-18 regular season.

De Bruyne’s appearance in the final half an hour was a bright spot for City, as it marked his return to action after he was sidelined with a hamstring injury in June’s Champions League final.

Palmer, a 21-year-old winger, was another. With Riyad Mahrez now playing in Saudi Arabia, he should see more playing time next season.

He showed that he is more than capable of making the most of his opportunities under Guardiola by finishing the one he was given after receiving a nod-down from De Bruyne, cutting inside onto his left foot, and bending a finish into the far corner.

Josko Gvardiol, a Croatian defender who was just signed by City for €90 million ($99.2 million) on Saturday, did not participate.

Arsenal is likely to be one of City’s main title opponents again in the Premier League after bolstering their roster with the additions of Havertz, midfielder Declan Rice, and versatile defender Jurrien Timber. Last season, Arsenal finished second, but only because of a late collapse.

Players and coaches have signed a so-called “Participant Charter” that will result in harsher penalties for inappropriate behavior during games, and this match was an early indicator of what to expect from the officials who will be calling the matches throughout the forthcoming season.

Mikel Arteta, manager of Arsenal, was cautioned in the first half for pretending to wave a yellow card after Rodri committed a tactical foul to stop a breakaway. Two players were cautioned for kicking the ball away before and after that: Thomas Partey of Arsenal and Julian Alvarez of City.

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