The curtain-raiser to the new season is with us on Sunday as the Premier League Champions Chelsea face Arsenal the FA Cup winners in the Community Shield. Can Arsenal take their impressive pre season form into this and see their title credentials this season?
Arsenal fans have been top of the world this summer after winning back to back FA Cups the Gunners signed Petr Cech from Chelsea. Many Arsenal fans said at the time 'Chelsea have just handed us the title'. Well it’s a good signing but we will have to wait and see about the league champion’s part.
After winning the Premier League Asia Trophy and the Emirates Cup a true test against Chelsea comes this weekend, it’s the same for the blues. They do have another pre season game against Fiorentina midweek so how serious they take the Community Shield with the league opener to Swansea on the horizon, we have to wait and see.
Chelsea at the minute most high profile transfer in is Radamel Falcao, who was simple awful last year at Manchester United. Can Jose get him to find his way again this year? He did destroy Chelsea in a Super Cup if that player returns Chelsea will be laughing.
The saga of Diego Costa and his ‘hamstring injury’ will play on again this season to. He’s likely to start in this though. I’m going for a Chelsea victory on Sunday for a few reasons.
One Arsenal have no solid Defensive Midfielder, Chelsea will let them have the ball let all their attacking midfielders flood forward and then catch them on the counter. Two, it would be classic Arsenal to hit a bump just before the season starts and the fans to flip again, ‘we need a top striker, defender, midfielder…’ (Delete where appropriate)
Three, Eden Hazard. Jose Mourinho has bigged up his man in recent weeks, not as good as Messi but better then Ronaldo. I'm not quite sure he is (yet). Arsenal are without Alexis Sanchez who is still on his holidays after Copa America success, Hazard will be the best player on the pitch.
The mind games have started with Wenger and Mourinho, this time Jose calling him out on his money spending. This is funny as Jose has splashed the cash at every club he’s been at. Where as Wenger use to be criticised for not spending enough.
I expect goals and fireworks in this one. Cech playing against Chelsea for the first time, Cesc Fabregas winning his first league title with the blues would have hurt the Arsenal fans so the bitterness is still there. I will go for Jose to win the mind games in this first battle and Chelsea come out 3-1 winners.
By Sean Simara @Sean_FootyMad