New signings to battle it out for Arsenal and Chelsea in the Community Shield
Reigning Premier League champions Chelsea will face an early test of one of the sides that are desperate to knock them off their perch when they take on Arsenal in the Community Shield.
The Blues romped to the crown in their first season under the tenure of Antonio Conte, winning the competition for the fifth time in the last 14 years.
Arsene Wenger’s men added another FA Cup triumph to their trophy cabinet, but will look with envy at the recent success that their London rivals have enjoyed in the top flight.
However, the new campaign brings hope that life can be different this time around, and the Gunners will be determined to make a statement at Wembley to jolt the season into action.
Chelsea have spent over the summer, although the club have managed to recoup most of the expenditure through outgoings. Their biggest splash in the transfer market came with the £58m move for Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata.
The Blues were outmanoeuvred by Manchester United in their attempt to sign Romelu Lukaku, forcing them to turn to the Spaniard. Morata was not as prolific as the Belgian last term, but still notched 16 goals for Real in their La Liga triumph.
Conte’s men will hope that he can hit the ground running against the Gunners, although Arsenal have their own new striker to flaunt. Alexandre Lacazette has been a sensation for Lyon over the past four seasons in Ligue 1.
The Frenchman was linked with a move to Atletico Madrid, but Wenger’s men snatched his signature in a £46.5m deal. He scored 28 league goals for Lyon last term, but his first task will be to outduel his Chelsea counterpart to deliver what the Gunners will be the first blow to the Blues’ hopes of maintaining their success.