London - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claimed victory over Chelsea
counterpart Jose Mourinho at the 14th attempt as Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain's goal gave the FA Cup winners a 1-0 win in Sunday's
The England midfielder struck in the 24th minute
at a sun-soaked Wembley Stadium to break Mourinho's longstanding hold
over his French rival and give Arsenal hope of a sustained assault on
Chelsea's Premier League title.
While Chelsea improved in the
second half, they could not find a way past their former goalkeeper Petr
Cech, who registered a clean sheet as his new club secured their 13th
outright Community Shield.
"It's good because in pre-season we
were very solid defensively, so it's a good base to go into the
championship," Wenger told BT Sport.
"We have good spirit and I believe we look dangerous."
will be mindful that a 3-0 win over Manchester City in last season's
Community Shield was not followed by a convincing title bid, but with
Cech already looking at home and Mourinho no longer able to boast a
spotless record against him, he will approach next weekend's opening
league fixtures with pre-season belief fully intact.
Mourinho protested that Chelsea had been "the best team".
"Arsenal defended with 10 players, they put everybody in front of their own line and they had good organisation," he said.
"Congratulations to them. They had a couple of chances in counter-attacks, but we had ours in organised football."
team-sheet suggested that Diego Costa is not yet free of the hamstring
problems that plagued him last season, with Loic Remy leading the line
in the Spain striker's absence and new signing Radamel Falcao on the
Questions about the reaction that Cech would receive from
the fans of his old club were answered quickly, a standing ovation
greeting him as he jogged over to the goal at the Chelsea end prior to
Not for the first time, Wenger is embarking on a season
with a surfeit of midfielders and he unveiled a new shape here that saw
Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla line up on either flank, allowing
Aaron Ramsey to take up his favoured central role alongside Francis
With Mesut Ozil
shadowing lone striker Theo Walcott, who signed a new four-year contract
on Friday, Arsenal were able to cluster men around the ball both in and
out of possession, swarming around Chelsea's midfielders to win the
ball back before zipping quick passes between each other.
Walcott had worked Thibaut Courtois with a header, he created Arsenal's
opener with a pass wide to Oxlade-Chamberlain, who cut inside Cesar
Azpilicueta and lashed home left-footed.
It was Arsenal's first goal against Chelsea in 506 minutes of football.
quiet showing from Eden Hazard left it to Ramires to drive Chelsea
forward, the Brazil international curling wide from distance and heading
a cross from Remy over the bar.
But there was greater thrust to
Arsenal's attacks and Ramsey threatened to add a second when he slammed a
shot into the side-netting.
Remy, caught offside four times in
the first half, gave way for Falcao at half-time and Oscar entered the
fray shortly after in place of his countryman Ramires.
revived Chelsea and after Oscar had dragged wide, Cesc Fabregas gave
Hazard a clear sight of goal with a slide-rule pass, only for the
off-key Belgian to blaze wastefully over from eight yards.
was finally tested in the 69th minute, springing to his right to palm a
free-kick from Oscar behind, which drew an approving roar from Arsenal's
Moments earlier Olivier Giroud, a replacement for
Walcott, had slid a cross from Oxlade-Chamberlain over the bar and he
was to spurn an even better chance, prodding Ramsey's right-wing
cut-back over the top.
Cech also had to field a header from
Chelsea substitute Kurt Zouma, but the best late openings fell to
Arsenal, only for Courtois to save alertly and impressively from first
Cazorla and then Kieran Gibbs.