Arsenal make the short journey from London Colney to Wembley on Sunday for the second time in less than three months, as the 2014 FA Cup winners face Premier League champions Manchester City for the FA Community Shield. Betfair has Arsenal as surprise favourites for this game and we’re also backing the Gunners to taste success once again.
Despite some spectators suggesting the game is meaningless, Sunday’s game is a sell-out and the game will be broadcast to millions across the world. Does that make it more than a pre-season friendly? Have your say in the poll below.
Gooner Talk have brought back the memories of the last decade and beyond by picking out 3 of the most recent memorable Community Shield successes for Arsenal.
Manchester United 1-2 Arsenal – 1999
Manchester United took the lead in this game thanks to an excellent free-kick from David Beckham, although it was given to Dwight Yorke.
The Gunners equalised when Patrick Vieira was brought down in the box and Kanu converted the resulting penalty.
Nigerian striker Kanu then went onto set-up Ray Parlour who raced into the overlapping position and saw his shot go in off the post.
Arsenal 1-0 Liverpool – 2002
Gilberto Silva scored on his Arsenal debut to beat Liverpool and win the Community Shield.
The Brazilian World Cup winner came off the substitutes’ bench at half-time, making an immediate impact as Arsene Wenger’s side dominanted the season’s curtain-raiser in Cardiff.
Click here to watch Gilberto’s winning goal.
Arsenal 3-1 Manchester United – 2004
It was Arsenal’s silky Spaniard in Jose Antonio Reyes who inspired the team to a victory over Manchester United in the Millenium Stadium.
Reyes proved too much to handle for United and set up Gilberto Silva for the opening goal.
Alan Smith scored an equaliser but within three minutes Reyes struck home an excellent left-foot shot, before Ashley Cole’s cross deflected in off Mikael Silvestre for Arsenal’s third.