Arsenal end pre-season on a high
Arsenal showed that they are ready for the Premier League season when they beat Chelsea 1-0.
JOHANNESBURG - FA Cup winners Arsenal showed that they are ready for the upcoming Premier League season when they beat Chelsea 1-0 at a sunny Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
Despite the match officially being a friendly clash, the long discussed rivalry between Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho gave the match all the spice it needed.
The win for Arsene Wenger is also the Frenchman's first victory over his counterpart in 14 attempts.
Both sides looked as though they were ready for the season to get underway from the first whistle, with Arsenal and Chelsea showing the intensity required to challenge for the Premier League title.
Arsenal broke the deadlock through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 24th minute, after the young English winger latched onto a Theo Walcott pass and found the back of the net with a clever left footed strike.
Chelsea's best opportunity of the match fell to Eden Hazard in the second half, after he found space in the Arsenal box, but could only blast over the cross bar from a few metres out.
Another chance for Chelsea to equalize came from a set piece later on in the second half, but new Gunners goalkeeper Petr Cech managed to tip the ball away for a corner.
With a reasonable amount of time left before the transfer window slams closed, both managers will be using what they saw from their sides to see if any re-enforcements are required, despite the Community Shield officially being considered a friendly.