2017 FA Community Shield 4-1: Arsenal Beat Chelsea On Penalties

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2017 FA Community Shield 4-1: Arsenal Beat Chelsea On Penalties

Olivier Giroud scored the winning spot-kick as Arsenal won the 2017 FA Community Shield 4-1 on penalties, after misses by Thibaut Courtois and Alvaro Morata for Chelsea.

The victory comes seventy-one days after Arsenal defeated Chelsea to win FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium – coming up with a performance that again displayed a combination of resilience and ruthlessness.

Arsenal win the Community Shield on penalties
Arsenal win the Community Shield on penalties

Goals from Victor Moses and an equaliser from Arsenal substitute Sead Kolasinac meant the teams ended the 90 minutes level in a match from which few conclusions can be drawn.

That took the match into penalties and, via the new Fifa-approved ABBA system, Arsenal triumphed 4-1 with their collective joy erupting after Olivier Giroud rammed the decisive spot-kick past Thibaut Courtois.

With no extra-time, penalties ensued and for some reason, Conte selected Courtois to take their second effort: the gamble didn’t work as he blazed his effort over.

Record signing Morata – a late substitute – dragged a poor effort wide moments after Courtois had blazed over in a first use of a new penalty shootout system.

The winner takes it all in ABBA format…

Designed to prevent a perceived advantage to the team going first, the system sees team A take the first kick followed by team B – before team B go again. Team A then get two successive penalties, a little like the tie-break in tennis, and so on until there is a winner.

Confused? You are not alone as not even the players seemed to understand.

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