Arsenal was at its very best Sunday as it eased to a 3-0 win over Manchester City at the prestigious Wembley Stadium to win the Community Shield.
While many had thought it will be a stiff contest between the FA Cup champions, Arsenal and the EPL kings Manchester City, it turned out not to be as the Gunners recorded the convincing win which handed them their first Community Shield silverware after a decade.
Coach Arsene Wenger’s men started the match brightly, and were rewarded on the 21 minute when Santi Cazorla took advantage of some sloppy City defending to fire the ball into the bottom corner.
The Gunners were close to making it 2-0 soon after, but French striker Yaya Sanogo could only shoot past the post with just Willy Caballero to beat.
Arsenal, despite the chances missed was still able to extend the goal line as Aaron Ramsey combined well with Sanogo before firing low into the net in the 42nd minute.
Still, having the belief that they could secure a comeback, Man City started the second period in positive fashion, pushing Arsenal back contrary to the way the game went in the first half.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side came close to pulling a goal back on 55 minutes through Stevan Jovetic, but the striker’s header came back off the woodwork before he was denied moments later by Wojciech Szczesny.
However, it was Arsenal who scored the next goal on the hour thanks to a superb effort from substitute Olivier Giroud that flew past the helpless Caballero from 25 yards.
City’s attempt to even the deficit was abortive as Arsenal smiled away with the big win to send warning signals to all that care that they are to be taken seriously this season.