Chelsea to test Arsenal’s title cred today

6291074899076_4972616925732Chelsea and Arsenal will compete for the first silverware of the season when they meet in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.

The match will be the 14th meeting between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger. None of the previous matches have been won by the Arsenal manager.

However, last season’s FA Cup winners will be buoyed by their impressive pre-season form and their capture of goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea.

The 33-year-old won the Community Shield twice with the Blues but is set to line up for the Gunners on Sunday after making the switch from Stamford Bridge this summer.

Cech will be the only new addition to the Gunners’ starting XI at Wembley, while Chelsea will also not look too different from the side that won the Premier League so convincingly last season.

Petr Cech has joined Arsenal from Chelsea.

Radamel Falcao and Asmir Begovic have been the Blues’ biggest signings after a dominant domestic campaign in which they lost only three matches.

Chelsea and Arsenal have only met once before in the Community Shield, when Didier Drogba scored twice to give the Blues a 2-1 win in 2005.

Team news

Gary Cahill and Diego Costa are both available after suffering injuries in Chelsea’s final pre-season tour match against Barcelona.

Centre-back Cahill left the pitch with a suspected broken nose while Costa went off with a worry over his hamstring.

However, both have been declared fit and Costa will compete with Falcao and Loic Remy for the starting spot.

Former Chelsea keeper Cech is likely to start for Arsenal but Alexis Sanchez will not feature following an extended post-Copa America break.

source: myjoyonline.com