Arsenal defeated Liverpool to win the Community Shield
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s last kick of the match after a normal time stalemate between Arsenal and Liverpool earns the gunners their 16th Community Shield trophy since the introduction of the tournament in 1908. Yesterday’s win over the Reds means Arsenal is now five behind Manchester United (on 21) in terms of the club with the most Community Shield success.
The Community Shield, officially seen as the “traditional curtain-raiser” and the first trophy of the new English domestic football campaign, has the record of the gunners to have played the tournament 23 times and lost it seven times (but yet to lose a match in the competition since 2005).
After a sensational display by the Arsenal skipper (Aubameyang) earlier this month in the FACup final, the Gabonese international was yet again the main man for the gunners against Liverpool last night in the Community Shield. No current Arsenal player has scored more goals at the new Wembley stadium than the former Dortmund striker (Aubameyang).
Aubameyang told the media how good he felt after winning another trophy with the gunners within a space of a month: “I feel very good. Ainsley was the man of the match, I’m really happy for him, he deserves it and today we deserved the win. We’re going to take this trophy and hopefully this time I don’t drop it.” he continued by giving credit to his fellow teammates for their performance and contribution prior to his superb first-half goal: “I think we played it well. He did a fantastic action, starting from the back, then Bukayo gave me the ball, and then I chose to go for it on my right foot, shoot, and then it went it.”
Mikel Arteta, since his confirmation as the new Arsenal boss last year December, the Spaniard has won two trophies for the North London club. The Arsenal head coach was delighted with his side penalty shoot-out win over Liverpool in the Community Shield game and had a lot to say to the Arsenal Digital after the match: “We had some challenges and some players who only had one training session for a final after the holidays, but I kept pushing them, I kept demanding and they kept responding, They are willing to do more and I’m really happy with how they competed in the game. They showed course to play against this team with no fear. They really went for it and it’s nice to win it on penalties too. There are never any excuses. We had to compete in this game and we came here in these circumstances, but the players were willing to put their bodies on the line and to play against this opponent with the way that we did today. Credit to the boys.
We had them for three or four days and now they will go back again. It’s a very strange mini pre-season and because it’s an international week we will do what we can. Whoever we have available [for Fulham] we will get them in the best possible condition.”
How the Community Shield Match Between Arsenal and Liverpool Went
It took Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang just 12 minutes into the game to draw first blood with a powerful strike from the edge of the box. But Takumi Minamino, a second-half sub for the Reds, scored the leveler late in the second half that took the game to penalties after 90 minutes.
During the Penalty Shoot-Out, Arsenal’s young stars (Nelson and Niles), Cedric, and David Luiz all scored from their respective attempts. Every Liverpool players that partook in the penalties scored except Rhian Brewster that stuck the bar – Brewster’s miss created the advantage for the gunners.
Aubameyang stepped out to take the penalty that happened to be the last for the game, fired home nicely to confirm Arsenal the winner of 2020 Community Shield title for the 16th time and the fourth time in the last seven years after a 5-4 penalty win over Liverpool.