ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger claimed victory over Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho at the 14th attempt, as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal gave the FA Cup winners a 1-0 win in Sunday’s English FA Community Shield.
The England midfielder struck in the 24th minute at a sun-soaked Wembley Stadium to break Mourinho’s longstanding hold over his French rival and gave Arsenal hope of a sustained assault on Chelsea’s Premier League title. While Chelsea improved in the second half, they could not find a way past their former goalkeeper Petr Cech, who registered a clean sheet as his new club claimed their 13th outright Community Shield.
Wenger would be mindful that a 3-0 win over Manchester City in last season’s Community Shield was not followed by a convincing title bid, but with Cech already looking at home and Mourinho no longer able to boast a spotless record against him, he will approach next weekend’s opening league fixtures with pre-season belief fully intact. Chelsea’s team-sheet suggested that Diego Costa was not yet free of the hamstring problems that plagued him last season, with Loic Remy leading the line in the Spain striker’s absence and new signing Radamel Falcao on the bench.