Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool (Arsenal won 5-4 on penalties)
Arsenal’s progress under Mikel Arteta continued to build momentum as they added the Community Shield to their recent Emirates FA Cup success by beating Premier League champions, Liverpool on a penalty shootout at Wembley Stadium.
“We had some challenges and some players who only had one training session for a final after the holidays, but I kept pushing them, I kept demanding and they kept responding,” the Gunners boss enthused.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang profited from Bukayo Saka’s toil to hand the Gunners a first-half lead. However, Takumi Minamino’s neat finish ensured the contest would be settled from the spot.
Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster saw his effort crash off the woodwork, allowing Aubameyang the opportunity to win it for Arsenal – the sixteenth time the North Londoners have lifted the trophy – sharing it with rivals Tottenham Hotspur back in 1991.
“They are willing to do more and I’m really happy with how they competed in the game. They showed course to play against this team with no fear. They really went for it and it’s nice to win it on penalties too,” the Gunners boss added.
“There are never any excuses. We had to compete in this game and we came here in these circumstances, but the players were willing to put their bodies on the line and to play against this opponent with the way that we did today. Credit to the boys.”
Arsenal: Martinez, Holding, Luiz, Tierney (Kolasinac 83′), Bellerin (Cédric Soares 59′), Elneny, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles, Saka (Willock 82′) Nketiah (Nelson 82′), Aubameyang.
Liverpool: Alisson, Williams (Minamino 59′), Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson, Milner (Keita 59′), Fabinho, Wijnaldum (Brewster 90+2′), Salah, Firmino (Jones 82′), Mane
(Quotes courtesy of Arsenal Football Club – www.arsenal.com)