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Community Shield match preview with Llion Carbis — Arsenal

05 Agosto 2017, 01:36 | Cornelio Vivanco

Chelsea eased to a comfortable 3-0 win in a pre-season friendly in China last month but we should see a far more competitive game between the two London rivals this weekend.

"I would have loved to play in the Champions League, but we have to deal with the reality that we are not in it", Wenger told reporters on Thursday.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has proved to be quite the thorn in Chelsea's side in the last couple of years.

Cesc Fabregas is likely to start in Bakayoko's place.

Michael Owen is helping McDonald's celebrate 15 years of its Community Football Programme and its longstanding commitment to inclusivity.

The Chilean did finally return on Tuesday, however, and was pictured joking around with manager Arsene Wenger at the club's London Colney training ground. The only notable exit was keeper Wojciech Szczesny to Juventus for €12.2 million.

Wenger has kept his faith with the former Cardiff player for the coming campaign and with a strong pre-season under his belt, the Arsenal no.8 has to have a big season.

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte will be hoping that the curse of the English champions does not strike him down this season.

Conte plans to stick with the formation which served Chelsea so well last term.

Arsene Wenger will be missing Santi Cazorla (ankle surgery), Gabriel Paulista (knee) and Joel Campbell (wound) through injury.

As they included three notable scalps - both Manchester clubs and Chelsea - it could be deemed an unqualified success.

Chelsea's transfer window has been questionable and their Premier League title is there for the taking.

"Because the league is so physically difficult, maybe it is very difficult to cope with both", Wenger said.

Chelsea have also purchased a top-class striker, with Alvaro Morata arriving from Real Madrid.

Unlike Chelsea, Arsenal were probably unlucky to lose and spent long periods of the game with the ball. Also joining were ball-winning midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco and tough centre-back Antonio Rudiger from Roma. Matic has signed for Manchester United. The same (for) Arsenal.

"Arsenal will always give goals away because they are an attack-minded team but they were not clinical enough last season".

Wenger's team have the small matter of participation in the Europa League this time and, as he prepared for Sunday's Community Shield against Chelsea - a rerun of May's FA Cup final, which Arsenal won 2-1 - he made it sound like a small matter.

What better test than to come up against one of the tightest defences in the country? My job is to work and to try to improve my players, to create an identity for my team. That risks the possibility of losing the 28-year-old star on a free transfer at the end of the season.

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