The Charity Shield marks the beginning of the new football season in England and Premier League champions, Chelsea will square up with the FA Cup champions, Arsenal in what could be termed as a grudge match with the Blues looking to avenge the 2-1 defeat in the final of the FA Cup at the closing stage of last season.
Since then both team have reinforce their squad with Arsenal bringing in Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette while the Chelsea squad has been bolstered with Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger and Willy Caballero.
Both team met during the pre seasons in the Far east and the Blues ran out with a 3-0 victory.
However, the Gunners will be looking forward to prove a point that the FA Cup final result is not a fluke and that they can still stand toe to toe with the best.
Players like Alexis Sanchez, Shkordan Mustafi, Rob Holding are first team players but are not likely to be available for this encounter as a result of their off season tournament activities for their various countries.
But Arsenal still has a squad capable of getting the better off the Antonio Comte’s side and kick off the season in a frenzy mood by winning the Community Shield.
Looking at the present Arsenal squad, Footy Onside is thus putting forward a squad believe to be the strongest for the encounter at Wembley Stadium.
Sticking to the 3-2-4-1 formation which enabled the Gunner to finished strongly last season, the Gunners should have:
GK – Petr Cech
D – Rob Holding, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal
WD – Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac
M – Granit Khaka, Aaron Ramsey, Mezut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette
S – Olivier Giroud