Sunday, 2 August 2015


Arsene Wenger finally beat Jose Mourinho today, in his 14th match against the Portuguese, as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored Arsenal's first goal against Chelsea in over 500 minutes.

He's relieved and delighted, then. He told BT Sport: "In the second half of the season, last year, we conceded 13 goals in 19 games so we had already improved our defensive record, hopefully we can do it again.

"Pre-season has gone quite well, we're continuing from where we were last season. No big injuries too, except [Jack] Wilshere who we lost last season, and Alexis [Sanchez] is back tomorrow.

"When we got out of our defence we looked dangerous - but we played a little too much in our half, we played with the handbrake on at times. Maybe we had a little Chelsea complex.

Despite being interviewed mere seconds after the final whistle, Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker was sure not to get overexcited by the Community Shield win but remains positive heading into the season start next weekend.

"It's another win - we've had a decent pre-season so far. It's a little title for us, keeps our confidence high, so it's great for us," he told BT Sport.

"It's still pre-season - it's a little beginner [trophy], let's say it like that. It keeps our confidence high, everyone digged in, absolutely.

"We will try our best [in the title race] and when Alexis is back we'll have a great squad."

On Cech, he added: "He has so much experience, gives us a huge boost for the season."
Arsenal 1 Chelsea 0

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