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Soccer Premier League

FA Community Shield Gives Arsenal Chance to Assert Early Power

Michael Regan - Getty Images

Michael Regan – Getty Images

Last Premier League season may have been won by Manchester City, but it was Arsenal that led the league for the longest period of time. And then the injury bug struck hard and fast, and Arsenal found themselves without Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere, all dropping at some point during the season.

But what we learned was that a healthy Arsenal squad is the best team in the Premier League. And they only got better.

With the addition of Alexis Sanchez, an upgrade at right back with Mathieu Debuchy and the young and inspired Calum Chambers, Arsenal added depth that they sorely lacked last year.

The FA Community Shield is not viewed the same by all. Some call it the start of the BPL; some call it preseason; some call it the first chance at silverware; but no matter what you call it, it’s a game that both teams will take incredibly seriously.

Manchester City is a great team with an attacking force that ranks among the best in the world. Not only that, but Arsenal will be without the assistance of their German entourage, Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski.

This is Arsenal’s chance to prove their depth and renew their dominance from last year. An in-form Aaron Ramsey cannot be stopped. Jack Wilshere, Joel Campbell and Yaya Sanogo all fall into the “need to impress” crowd, and this is their first chance. Plus, Manchester City has three former Arsenal standouts, two of whom Gunner’s fans are still quite bitter about, so the motivation is there.

It’s going to be an entertaining game to watch. City beat Arsenal 6-3 last year, proving that their attack was too much to contend with. Arsenal have to contend with that same attack. Another trophy would do wonders for Arsenal’s following.

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