Wembley’s players to watch: Combining the Community Shield XI

12 weeks. 12 long summer weeks without Premier League football; the wait gets harder every year, the clueless guessing as to how to fill your weekends and betting apps becomes more confusing with every passing weekend.

Void of conversation, other than the tedious financial discussion around how ridiculous football has become. However, it’s nearly all over.

The Community Shield is hardly *that* blockbuster sporting event that gets you through your nine-to-five that week, but what it does do every year is signal that there is just one more week of waiting for the Premier League to return.

With a summer of the usual ins and outs, and a window exceeding every previous one in financial terms, the league will see plenty of new faces for the 2017/18 season.

The usual proceedings of the Community Shield will see a repeat of the FA Cup Final with the league and cup winners going head-to-head a week before the season starts.

How many new faces from either Chelsea or Arsenal make it into our combined starting XI for the blue and red halves of London?

So it’s business as usual for the up-and-coming season, with debating points of starting XIs already at an endless point of conversation.

How the new faces fare at Wembley will be an early indication as to whether they will be a success in the league or not. But, whatever the outcome of the result, whether you’re a Gunner or a Blue, who cares? The Premier League is back next weekend!

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