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Arsenal denied first trophy chance for 2024/25 season as Pep Guardiola handed Man City advantage

Arsenal will not play in the FA Community Shield 2024 following Manchester United's win over Manchester City in the FA Cup final.

There had been hope that the Gunners may feature in the 2024/25 season opener and have a chance of winning the campaign's first trophy on offer. For that to have happened, however, Man City would have had to win the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.

Rules state that should the same club win both the Premier League and the FA Cup, the team who finished second in the league will qualify for the Community Shield. As the Gunners ran City close for the title but ended up missing out by two points and finishing second, it would have been Mikel Arteta's side heading to Wembley on August 10 should Pep Guardiola's side have come out victorious against United.

However, with goals from Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo helping Erik ten Hag's men to a 2-1 win, it confirmed that Manchester United will take on Man City for the FA Community Shield 2024. The 2024/25 FA Community Shield will take place on Saturday, August 10, which is one week before the start of the new Premier League season.

Of course, Arsenal won the trophy at the start of the 2023/24 season. A late Leandro Trossard equaliser sent the game to penalties after it finished 1-1, with the Gunners winning 4-1 on spot kicks.

At the time it was seen as a massive boost for Arteta and his squad. Not only had the north Londoners won the 2023/24 Community shield, they had also sent a message to their main title rivals ahead of the new season starting.

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"It feels great," Arteta said after the Community Shield win last August. "I don’t think it gets much better than winning a trophy at Wembley against the best team in the world, doing it the way we did. It’s really encouraging."

He added: "That’s the reason we’re here, to win trophies for this football club and make it successful. Just the joy of seeing so many happy and proud people, seeing the connection again, doing it at Wembley in front of our supporters feels very different and it was great.

"It lifts the spirit and belief and everything. But that’s it. We just want to play better and win games. That’s what we have to do."

Given Arteta's quotes and the enjoyment everyone associated with Arsenal got from winning against Man City at Wembley last August, it is perhaps a shame that the Gunners will not get another chance of early season success this summer. It also gives Guardiola the chance to lay down a marker of his own, as well as get revenge over Man Utd after their FA Cup win.

At the very least it will give Arsenal and the coaching staff some extra time to prepare the squad for the 2024/25 campaign. With Premier League and Champions League aspirations firmly on the agenda, that extra rest may be needed.