By James Agberebi:
Nigeria star Victor Moses broke a long goal drought but it was not enough as Arsenal edged his 10-man Chelsea side 4-1 on penalties after 90 minutes ended 1-1 to win the FA Community Shield on Sunday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Also in action for Arsenal was Moses’ compatriot Alex Iwobi who was impressive before going off in the second half.
Moses’ last Chelsea goal was against Tottenham in November, 2016 but the opened the scoring early in the second half before Arsenal’s new signing Sead Kolasinac equalised for with less than 10 minutes left.
The newly introduced ABBA penalty style was used in the shootout, where the team that takes the first kick waits for the second team to take two and the process is repeated.
Arsenal have now won the FA Community Shield 15 times.
The last time Arsenal beat Chelsea in the FA Community Shield was a 1- 0 win in 2015.
Arsenal had the first real chance on seven minutes but Alexandre Lacazette could not turn in Iwobi’s low cross towards goal.
On eight minutes, Danny Welbeck was left unmarked inside the box but his header off Granit Xhaka’s cross went straight to Thibaut Courtois.
Arsenal continued to dominate and should have taken the lead in the 10th minute only for Courtois to deny Iwobi from a tight angle.
Lacazette went close for Arsenal in the 23rd minute off a breakaway but his curler inside the box came off the post.
In the 25th minute a poor back pass from an Arsenal defender was almost punished but Petr Cech came off his line quickly to clear the danger.
The game was halted in the 28th minute following an injury to Per Mertesacker who was accidentally elbowed by Gary Cahill and was replaced by Sead Kolasinac.
In the 32nd, minute Moses almost scored for Chelsea from a tight angle but Cech blocked his low shot from sneaking in.
Chelsea thought they had won a penalty in the 38th minute but Willian was yellow carded for a dive.
Iwobi had a chance to open the scoring in the 45th minute after good foot work inside the box only to see his low shot well saved by Courtois.
Just one minute into the second half Moses connected with Cahill’s header following a poor clearance from a corner before slotting the ball past Cech for his first goal in 27 games.
Chelsea almost doubled their lead a minute later but Michy Batshuayi’s volley inside the box was saved by Cech.
For the second time the game was halted following collision between Cahill and Luiz.
Arsenal made a double change with Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott replacing Iwobi and Lacazette in the 66th minute.
Chelsea made their first change on 74 minutes with Morata replacing Batshuayi.
Arsenal went inches close to equalising on 76 minutes but Courtois made a superb finger tip save to deny Xhaka.
Chelsea were reduced to 10 men in the 80th minute as Pedro was shown a straight red card for dangerous tackle on Elneny.
Arsenal equalised from the resultant free-kick in the 81st minute through Kolasinac who leaped to head in Xhaka’s cross.
Walcott came close to winning it for Arsenal on the dot of 90 minutes but his weak low shot went wide.
Morata also went close to scoring the winning goal for Chelsea in added time from Cesc Fabregas’ free-kick which went agonisingly wide.
Courtois and Morata missed their kicks, while Arsenal scored all four of theirs.