Community Shield: Arsenal takes title in shootout defeat of Liverpool

Follow the highlights of the Community Shield match between Liverpool and Arsenal from the Welbley Stadium.

Liverpool and Arsenal will be vying for this year's Community Shield.   -  Twitter/FA

Hello and welcome to the highlights of the Community Shield game between Liverpool and Arsenal.

 

 

Arsenal takes home the Community Shield. It was a good, end-to-end game with very little to separate the sides. Aubemayang put Arsenal in the lead before Minamino scored in the second half to force the penalty shootout. Brewster flulled his kick while the Gunners buried all five. Mikel Arteta's begins this season the way it ended the last: with a shiny trophy added to its cabinet.

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PENALTY SHOOTOUT: Liverpool 4-5 Arsenal; Aubemayang scores and Arsenal seals the win! He stays calm and dinks it to the keeper's left. Alisson went the other way and the players go crazy. Aubemayang and Arsenal are getting comfortable at Wembley. And Mikel Arteta's side begins its season with a title.

PENALTY SHOOTOUT: Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal; Curtis Jones rolls it into the bottom right corner, with Martinez going the other way.

PENALTY SHOOTOUT: Liverpool 3-4 Arsenal; Luiz goes to the keeper's right but has height on his shot, which sees it float over the diving Alisson.

PENALTY SHOOTOUT: Liverpool 3-3 Arsenal; Minamino hits it with power down the middle. Martinez dove right, gets his foot on the ball but can;t save.

PENALTY SHOOTOUT: Liverpool 2-3 Arsenal; Cedric does what Maitland-Niles did, Alisson dives the otehr way.

PENALTY SHOOTOUT: Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal; Brewster misses! He smashes it high, goes for power over placement and the ball hits the bar and flies out.

PENALTY SHOOTOUT: Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal; Maitland-Niles flots it to the right, Alisson is almost rooted to his spot.

PENALTY SHOOTOUT: Liverpool 2-1 Arsenal; Fabinho smacks it left, Martinez goes right.

PENALTY SHOOTOUT: Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal; Nelson goes to the left and Alisson dives the other way. Low and smashed into the corner.

PENALTY SHOOTOUT: Liverpool 1-0 Arsenal; Salah shoots to the right, Martinez goes the other way.

FULL TIME It ends 1-1 in regular time and we head to the penalty shootout.

90' + 2' Liverpool substution. Brewster replaces Wijnaldum. Looknig for the winner or eye on the penalties?

90' Three minutes added at the end of the half. If there is no goal now, we go straight to penalties. No extra time tonight.

90' Another chance! Maitland-Niles makes a very good run down the left. He has time to look up and pick Aubameyang at the near post. The striker, under pressure from Van Dijk, deflects the ball wide.

86' Chance! Cedric's crosses is headed just wide by Willock! He managed to find space between Gomez and Fabinho but sends an easy header wide.

83' More substutions. For Liverpool, Firmino is off and Jones comes on. For Arsenal, Tierney, Saka and Nketiah are replaced by Kolasinac, Willock and Nelson.

81' Save! Robertson's cross from the left falls kindly to Mane, whose first touch is too heavy and gives Martinez time to come out make another good save.

77' Liverpool is now lookin for the winner. Firmino spins and looks to shoot but doesn't make the right connection. A later, Minamino goes down under pressure from Elneny a little too easily. No shouts for penalty, rightly.

73' GOAL! Minanimo with the equaliser. Minamino and Salah play a one-two inside a crowded Arsenal box. The ball fortunately falls to the ex-Salzburg man following a deflection but he takes the chance by slotting it home beyond the keeper. A quick VAR check is done for a possible handball by Salah and the referee sticks to his decision.

69' On the counter, Aubemayang finds Saka at the other end of the box. The youngster drops his shoulder to go past Wijnaldum and shoots. It was going wide but Alisson tries to catch it, going over the line in the process. And that's a bonus corner for the Gunners. Which comes to nothing.

68' Minamino finally finds some space but his shot from about 25 yards out is straight down Martinez's throat.

65' Mane tries to sneak in down the right but Maitland-Niles does well to track his run and clear.

63' Arsenal beginning to sit back and Liverpool trying to force the equaliser now.

59' Those changes mean Gomez moves to right back, Fabinho partners Van Dijk in the middle, Minamino on the left wing with Firmino moving central.

58' Substutions. Bellerin is replaced by Cedric for Arsenal. Liverpool changes see Milner and Williams replaced by Minamino and Keita.

57' Milner picks up the first yellow card of the game for a sliding challenge on Nketiah.

56' Save! Mane is released with a ball over the Arsenal defence and his touch isn't right in the box. The Senegal international does manages to sort his feet and shoot but Martinez is out quickly and manages to block it. Good work by the 'keeper there. but Mane should've scored. Either side of the keeper would've been the equaliser.

52' Aubameyang has space down the left and his inswinging cross to the far post doesn't find Saka.

51' Maitland-Niles has a shot from around 20 yards out. Awful execution.

At the other end, Firmino tries to curl in towards the far post of Martinez. Better effort and it's just wide.

Aubameyang wastes a good opportunity on the counter with a poor cross. 

47' Arsenal pass the ball around from the back confidently. In control of the play until Firmino almost got the better of Luiz over a high ball.

46' Liverpool gets the second half going.

HALF TIME Van Dijk had a goal disallowed before Aubemayang put the Gunners in the lead in the first half. Both teams have shown good attacking intent but it London side that takes the lead going into the break.

45' Tierney's volley is deflected for a corner. Saka takes it but van Dijk heads it away. One minute added at the end of the half.

40' One corner turns into three and Arsenal struggle to get out of its half. Van Dijk goes wide and Arsenal players catch their breath.

39'  Salah with a stunning diagonal through pass to Robertson on the left. The full-back's low cross is cleared by Bellerin, who isn't happy with Saka for letting Salah pick out Robertson.

32' Saka drives forward down the left. He finds Nketiah in the box, who had space and time to take the shot. The youngster tries to set it up on his stronger foot but Van Dijk is quickly there to clear the ball. Should have taken the shot first time!

31' Liverpool looking to up the tempo. Mane and Firmino exchange passes down the left and the former goes down in the box with Bellerin putting pressure on him. Referee isn't buying that.

28' Saka finds Nketiah down the middle. The youngster drops his shoulder and lets one fly...well over the bar.

24' Arsenal is looking the better of the two teams. There's something about playing at Wembley that gets the Gunners going.

21' Tierney cross from the left is too high and Alisson catches with ease.

18' Chance for Arsenal again. Nketiah wins ball in midfield and runs onto the low cross from Saka on the edge of the box and fires on goal. Alisson reads it and makes a good stop low to his left.

STAT: 4 goals at Wembley for Aubameyang in his last 3 appearances.

13' GOAL! What a strike from Aubameyang! Arsenal quickly move the ball from the back and Saka switches play with a diagonal to the left for his skipper. Aubaemyang cuts in and bends it into the left bottom corner! Alisson had no chance.

12' Luiz with a poor pass from the back as he concedes a throw in inside his own half. From the resulting throw in, Milner gets a chance with a header but he puts it over the bar.

Arsenal looking to press Liverpool at the back in the hope of pouncing on errors.

7' OFFSIDE! The ball is in the back of the net after Van Dijk pokes it in but he starts in an offside position. VAR verifies the call and decision stands.

6' Foul from David Luiz as he checks Wijnaldum on the left side of Arsenal's box.

3' Long ball into Mane, who pulls it behind for Robertson. The cross however is cut out.

1' Liverpool kick off the 2020-21 season in its traditional red kit.

The players make their way out to the middle. Arsenal will have great memories from its last visit to Wembley when it lifted the FA Cup title earlier this month.

— TEAM NEWS

Liverpool: Alisson, Williams, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Milner, Salah, Firmino, Mane

Arsenal: Martinez, Bellerin, Luiz, Holding, Tierney, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Xhaka, Saka, Nketiah, Aubameyang

Community Shield: Head-to-head

This is the fourth meeting between Liverpool and Arsenal, with the Reds winning at Wembley in 1979 and 1989, and the Gunners winning in Cardiff in 2002.

Pre-season form

Arsenal: W

Liverpool: WD

Arsenal's new season starts just 28 days after the last one ended. Ideal? No. But that's how life in a world that's still dealing with coronavirus.

"We are ready to go,” Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said. “We have no choice.”

Saying it is “not an ideal moment to play this final” is quite the understatement by Arteta, who reported on Thursday that Arsenal has had two training sessions so far in what he called a “mini preseason.”

His Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp said he ideally would have liked six weeks to prepare for the new season. Instead, it is a four-week preseason for the English champion that is still getting interrupted by an international break for Nations League qualifiers.

Click here to read both managers' pre-game thoughts and the match preview.

Arsenal will be looking to build on a promising start under Mikel Arteta and while Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool will be aiming to improve on its record-breaking title-winning campaign.

This game is a friendly, nothing more. And more often than not, results in this game don't say much about what's to come in the season. For example, Liverpool lost to Manchester City in the same game a year ago but then beat won the Premier League title with ease.

Less than a month since last season ended, with Arsenal sealing the FA Cup, the Gunners will kick off the 2020-21 campaign in the Community Shield against Liverpool.

This game has long been the traditional curtain-raiser for the new season and it takes place two weeks before the start of the 2020-21 campaign.