Victor Moses may well have thought the fact Hector Bellerin decided that marking wasn’t required at Wembley Stadium, was going to offer him some form of FA Cup Final sending-off redemption. But Thibaut Courtois’ penalty-taking abilities had other ideas.
Of course, even if Chelsea had run out winners in the 2017 Community Shield, that wouldn’t have been the case for Moses, because the curtain-raising season-opener means about as much as an Arsenal player kissing the badge.
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Arsenal’s social media will be awash with euphoria and Sead Kolasinac-worshipping – the summer signing looks to be well on the road to becoming a cult hero, although the left-back will get there with about as much grace as Bambi on ice – and, of course, it was another successful day out at Wembley, and it gets the Gunners’ 2017/18 Premier League season off to a positive start.
So they do deserve to enjoy the moment, they’re quite right to be excited by Lacazette’s promising full debut and they can also marvel at Alex Iwobi’s newfound freedom in Wenger’s now-preferred 5-3-2 formation.
Chelsea, though, would’ve been hoping for a performance to put an end to a summer of discontent, a summer of failed transfer targets and a summer that has left many outside Stamford Bridge questioning the transfer of the likes of Nathan Ake, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah, given the small squad available to Conte, today.
But as Conte leaves the home of English football tonight – no doubt looking at Romelu Lukaku montages on YouTube – he’ll be wondering several things: has Courtois’ penalty-kick landed yet? Who the hell was the guy called Kyle Scott, that was on the bench? And, most importantly – and worryingly – why are his Blues side already looking like they’re in for a long season?
Wenger’s list of questions is a lot shorter, and a lot less concerning. In fact, it will just contain one question: Can Arsenal swap with Tottenham and play at Wembley this season? The love affair continues.