What happened at Wembley?
Arsenal fairly thumped Manchester City 3-0. Back at the scene of their FA Cup triumph, the Gunners tore into a lacklustre City side - which saw Willy Caballero start in goal ahead of England's Joe Hart - and were in control by half-time through well-worked goals from Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey, whose extra-time winner had beaten Hull on May 17 to end a nine-season trophy drought.
Substitute Olivier Giroud cracked home a third goal from 25 yards on the hour as City were subdued.
And who do Arsenal play in their opening Premier League match of the season?
They play local London rivals Crystal Palace on Saturday. At the Emirates. We're not saying it is an easy opener for the Gunners, but it certainly seems like a nice enough introduction to a new season for them and their new signings. Expect a home win, and a few goals. Arsenal's bigger problems lie somewhere down the road in the Premier League season. Not a home match in sunny August.
But surely the Community Shield is not a real trophy?
We don't think so either. Why do we think this? Well, David Moyes was standing clutching it 12 months ago. And look how the season ended up for him at Manchester United. It looks nice though as far as plaques go. And it certainly brought a feel-good factor to the second Sunday of the month this month. Also the Chile wide man Alexis Sanchez looks like a real bargain at £35m from Barcelona. He really loves open spaces.
In saying all this, not sure that the Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini will be having sleepless nights about the Community Shield that got away. Perhaps the FA should have got Moyes to hand over the big plaque to Wenger yesterday. Just to remind him it is not a real trophy. Or perhaps not.
So why are Arsenal so excited?
Because they managed to thump the Premier League champions 3-0. And that doesn't happen too often. A fairly rousing Arsenal performance came courtesy of some lovely passing moves. Arsene Wenger's side were dominant. But you have to remember, City were not at full strength for the match.
So what is Arteta saying?
The usual stuff, and he is making the right noises. While the Spanish midfielder - named as successor to Thomas Vermaelen after the former club skipper joined Barcelona - knows much sterner tests lie ahead, he feels Arsenal, with £35m Alexis Sanchez one of three new summer signings on display at Wembley, are in good shape ahead of next weekend's league opener against Crystal Palace.
"This is another trophy for us and that is important for Arsenal because we had a long spell without trophies," he said. "It was a good test to see where we are ahead of the start of the Premier League and we had some points in the game where we looked really good. We were facing the champions and in some of the games last season against the top teams, we did not perform well.
"Today was a good opportunity to put that right and we have shown here that we can compete again. We want to progress from where we were last season, we want to continue winning things and to start the season like this can only boost the confidence, that we are going in the right direction.
"Last year we lost the first game at home, it was one of the lowest points of the club, afterwards we were able to put it right with a good run. This year, we can do something different. The players in the squad are top, top players and we are ready for a fight."
But should Arteta be getting a game in the Arsenal midfield, never mind be captain?
That has crossed our minds. At 32, Arteta has been part of a culture of failure at the Emirates. We're not really sure he is good enough to hold down a regular slot at the club. It is strange that the Arsenal captain, and a man playing so regularly at the highest level, can't get near the Spanish national side. Does Vicente del Bosque know something we don't? Anyway, Arteta is content to wear the armband.
"Being captain is a big honour and a privilege, with a big responsibility. I will try to stand up and do my best for my players. I have done it before last season when Thomas was injured, so I am used to it, now I just have to try make the best of my team-mates, the manager and the club."
Anybody else saying anything of interest?
Jack Wilshere. He looks in good shape after being spotted smoking a few tabs on Las Vegas during the summer holiday. That was after England's dismal World Cup campaign allowed him an extended break. "I think the message we wanted to send out was we are ready, it is the biggest game of pre season and we passed the test. Just because we beat the champions doesn't mean we will be champions because it doesn't work like that, but we are ready. We have got a great team ethic here and I hope we can take that into the season."
Arsenal's Olivier Giroud celebrates with the Community Shield after a 3-0 victory over Manchester City during their …
What is Arsene Wenger making of it all?
He doesn't give a lot away at the best of times. This must surely be counted as one of the rosier times for the French coach, but he is actively seeking a replacement for Thomas Vermaelen after new arrival Calum Cambers was posted in central defence against City. He doesn't want to be relying on the youngster on a weekly basis.
"What it does in my head is...Chambers is among the best three and if I can find another one I will do it. But to find another one of that quality will not be easy because...Vermaelen left us and had the choice between two massive clubs. That means these clubs have looked everywhere as well and that means it's not easy to find," said Wenger.
"You make your position with your performance and you have to accept that. With the boys who have chosen to live in a competitive world, who plays? I cannot tell you. But maybe a guy who can play in two or three different positions would be a better asset for us."
Finally, what is celebrity Arsenal fan Piers Morgan saying about it?
Surprisingly, not much crowing on Twitter from him over the past 24 hours. But he did meet West Indian cricket icon Curly Ambrose yesterday. Nice to know.
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