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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored the only goal of the game, as FA Cup winners Arsenal beat Premier League title holders Chelsea 1-0 in the Community Shield at Wembley. The England international, making his first Gunners' start since 1 March, netted with a fine strike from the edge of the area on his weaker left foot following an expansive move involving Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott. The victory was manager Arsene Wenger's first win over Jose Mourinho at the 14th time of asking, as Arsenal set down a marker for the coming Premier League season with a disciplined display at the national stadium. The Arsenal back five of new goalkeeper Petr Fußballtrikots Kinder Roma Cech, and defenders Per Mertescaker, Laurent Koscielny, Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal seemed to gel immediately, and restricted Chelsea to a couple of half-chances through Ramires and Eden Hazard. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's goal earned Arsene Wenger his first victory over Jose Mourinho. Chelsea looked off the pace and off the boil, with Hazard ineffective and Fabregas anonymous in midfield, and up front Loic Remy and second-half substitute Radamel Falcao were well marshalled by the impressive Koscielny and Mertesacker. KEY MOMENTS KEY STATS Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's 24th minute strike was Arsenal's first goal in 506 minutes of football against Chelsea. The last goal before that was Theo Walcott's consolation in a 2-1 Premier League defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in January 2013. The team that has won the Community Shield has gone on to win the Premier League on just seven occasions in the last 23 years. TALKING POINT: Can Chelsea win the league without Diego Costa? Costa did not make even Chelsea's matchday squad for the Community Shield after complaining of discomfort in his hamstring _ the Spain international has struggled with hamstring injuries in the last couple of years, and if he is sidelined for any length of time Chelsea may struggle for goals. Petr Cech celebrates Arsenal win at Community Shield.AFP MAN OF THE MATCH Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) Koscielny Fußballtrikots Kinder Athletic Bilbao and his central defensive partner Per Mertesacker were excellent at Wembley, both players reading the play in front of them perfectly and, by their tight marking of first Remy and then Falcao, nullifying any threat of threaded passes from Fabregas and Hazard. The France international just gets the nod for the bravery of his defending in the final ten minutes, exemplified by a header at full stretch to thwart Kurt Zouma. PLAYER RATINGS Chelsea: Courtois 6, Ivanovic, 6 Cahill 6, Terry 6, Azpilicueta 7, Matic 6, Fabregas 5, Willian 6, Ramires 6, Hazard 7, Remy 5. Subs: Zouma 6, Oscar 6, Moses 6, Falcao 6.
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