April 15, 2024

FA Community Shield: Arsenal thrash Manchester City 4-1 on penalties after late equaliser

Arsenal thrashed Manchester City 4-1 on penalties to win the FA Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.

The Gunners came back from a goal down as Leandro Trossard equalised in the 101st minute of normal time to give the London club a hope of winning the Premier League curtain-raiser.

Cole Palmer earlier gave the Cityzens the lead through a fine curling shot in the 77 minutes. However, effort was not enough as the Gunners wax stronger.

Arsenal’s newcomers Jurrien Timber and £105m man Declan Rice, with goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale displayed brilliant performances to keep the Gunners in the game.

Arsenal has won four of their previous five Community Shield appearances and is currently second on the all-time list with 17 victories.

Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice speaking to ITV: “I am buzzing, this is what I visioned when I joined.

“City gave us what we expected, but I am buzzing – so happy. You have to have the patience against them, you have to have mini games within the game against them like the manager said to us before.

“To win today, my first for the club.

“I feel I’ve grown a lot in the last three weeks. There’s a lot of information to take in of what the manager wants. I’m eager to learn and keep improving.

“I’m sure we can achieve anything this season – we just need to remain focused.”

Manchester City goalscorer Cole Palmer to ITV: “Very close. Gutted to concede in the last minutes.

“We have to pick ourselves up and go again.

“When I got the ball Pep told me to be myself. I cut in and saw the far corner. Thankfully it went in.

“We’ll have to see what the plan is for next season. Hopefully play as many games as possible. I feel fresh from England, the [Euro U21s] final wasn’t that long ago.

“Hopefully we can win the Treble again but it will be a difficult ask. The lads are sharp in training.”

The new FA Community Shield winners will now set their sights on bigger prizes later this season.

While Manchester City will look to bounce back in the UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla next Wednesday, after their Premier League defense kicks off on Friday against Burnley.

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