Any competition that only allows two teams and requires one victory to win the competition cannot be called a trophy. So the community shield is nothing but a glorified friendly, but this fact will not stop both teams from pushing to get one over a probable title rival. The fluency in the teams play, the fitness and psychological battles will be more important than which team lifts the shield come the final whistle and that is what the Arsenal should be aiming for, especially given the fact that our opening fixtures this season will require us to be pretty strong to pick up the needed points.
It's also nice to see us back in the Community (Charity) shield once again, it is a great reminder to the league that we were one of the clubs to win one of the two biggest domestic trophies and a great chance to show everyone that we are looking to improve upon our last season.
So I imagine that all the new boys will be part of the squad, all apart from keeper David Ospina who I imagine is attempting to endear himself to the Arsenal medical staff by getting to know them nice and early in his Arsenal career. Well rather he than Alexis Sanchez I suppose, sorry David. Speaking of which, rumour has it (Twitter) that Alexis Sanchez could be in line to start as the centre forward today but I've already created the line up graphics so that is not ruining my article narrative. I'm learning from the professionals you see.
Personally I would love to see Alexis start through the middle, generally you try and place your best players in the middle of the pitch where they get more of the ball but I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Arsène go for Yaya Sanogo to lead the line. He has had the entire pre season to get up to speed unlike the rest of his striking partners, not to mention his confidence boosting four goals in his last start for Arsenal. I think we should start as many of the full pre season players as possible, they have looked the sharpest so far which is not a surprise, this would give the world cuppers extra time to catch up.
Mean Lean's Predicted Line Up:
Mean Lean's Preferred Line Up:
Manchester City will be without their players who were involved in the latter stages of the World Cup. Frank Lampard will also not be available for selection but this is Manchester City who have the deepest squad in the league, so you can be sure to see a strong line up this afternoon regardless of who is missing but it remains a great opportunity to get one up over them and hopefully fizzle out some of the doubts of last seasons top three clashes away from home.
Back to the Arsenal team once more there are a few questions that we await answers for. How will Calum Chambers fair against top level opponents? Will Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain force his way into Arsène's line up? Jack Wilshere usually starts seasons ahead of Tomas Rosicky before being replaced as time goes on, will Jack prove his worth this time and keep his place in the team? I'm interested to watch the runs of Alexis off the ball and if Yaya Sanogo starts how will he match up against top level centre backs? I am also keen to see what Joel Campbell can produce probably off the bench after having more time at the club to adjust.
All to be revealed shortly. Confirmation line ups this afternoon.