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Arsenal v Chelsea Community Shield preview

Arsenal v Chelsea Community Shield preview”

The Football Association has announced that the new "ABBA" penalty shootout format will be used during Sunday's Community Shield match between Chelsea and Arsenal.

Arsenal beat league champions Chelsea in May's FA Cup final and so on Sunday the London rivals will face each other again in the traditional season-opener, the Community Shield.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger and Blues counterpart Antonio Conte give their thoughts ahead of the clash between the London giants.

"The strength of professional people is to not be diverted by noises that are not their problem", Wenger said Thursday.

Arsenal's failure to qualify for the Champions League will allow them to focus their attention this season on winning the Premier League for the first time since 2004, manager Arsene Wenger has said.

Despite signing France striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon in July for a club record 60 million euros (then $68 million), Arsenal has chosen to keep Sanchez for the final year of his contract.

The 28-year-old's timely return will be the ideal tonic for Conte ahead of the 2017/18 curtain raiser at Wembley.

The new format will also be used across all English Football League tournaments this season.

"Now, for us, it's very important to try to improve our squad's numerical aspect, because we have a small squad and I think only one player is not enough to improve our team", Conte said on Friday.

Conte, who took the title to Stamford Bridge in his first season, has so far signed four players: defender Antonio Rudiger from Roma, midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko (Monaco), striker Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid) and back-up goalkeeper Willy Caballero (Manchester City).

"Will they make as many points?" "Now we have to wait, we must have patience".

Arsenal's fifth-placed finish last season meant they missed out on the Champions League for the first time in 20 years and they will play in the less prestigious Europa League instead.

I am certain neither side will be happy to lose this game, so it will be a very hard fought contest with some brilliant players on the pitch.



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