Arsenal: Szczesny, Debuchy, Koscielny, Chambers, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Alexis, Cazorla, Sanogo
Subs: Martinez, Monreal, Flamini, Campbell, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud
Arsenal added the 2014 Community Shield to the trophy cabinet after a 3-0 triumph over a lacklustre Man City at Wembley today.
With new boys Alexis, Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy all starting, the Gunners started the game brightly, bossing possession and creating some half chances on what looked like a heavy Wembley pitch.
Yaya Sanogo might have done better with a back post header before Debuchy got out quickly to prevent Nasri getting a sight of goal. Some great build-up play saw a Kieran Gibbs effort blocked by his ancestor Gael Clichy, and more slick passing was scuppered by Debuchy wandering offside in the final third.
In the 22nd minute though, Arsenal got the goal they deserved. Santi Cazorla picked the ball up inside the D, turned Clichy inside out and drilled a left footed shot into the bottom corner to make it 1-0.
Moments later more excellent football from the men in red and white saw a chance fashioned for Yaya Sanogo, but with a chance to score his first competitive goal for the Gunners, he dragged a shot just wide.
Defending well against City’s set-pieces, Arsenal broke quickly with Sanchez, ending up with a Cazorla shot that deflected just wide. From the resulting corner, Sanogo got a header on target which Caballero had to deal with.
City struggled to create much but did spark some danger in the 38th minute when a low Kolarov cross almost came to Nasri but the recently retired French international scuffed his shot. Shortly afterwards, City had a free kick which saw the first appearance of vanishing spray in English football but they made a pig’s bollix of it and I did a laugh.
Edin Dzeko created some danger down the right hand side with a storming run in the 41st minute, but Arsenal got numbers in the box to snuff out the chance.
And it was to prove costly to the Premier League champions. As Arsenal worked the ball out of defence, Wilshere found Sanchez down the right hand side. The Chilean played it into Yaya Sanogo who held it up well, found the onrushing Ramsey who took a brilliant first touch, stepped inside and fired home into the bottom corner to make it 2-0 to the Gunners.
Alexis almost made it 3-0 but City keeper Willy Caballero raced out of his goal to clear before he had a chance to shoot, but the 2-0 lead Arsenal took into the half-time break was well deserved.
Arsene Wenger made some half-time changes to keep his squad fresh and continue the physical preparations for the new season. Nacho Monreal, Olivier Giroud and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came on for Laurent Koscielny, Yaya Sanogo and Alexis.
There appeared to be a bit more zip about City in the second half, especially with the introduction of David Silva, and in the 53rd minute Jovetic hit the post with a looping header as Arsenal struggled to get a floated cross clear.
Jovetic forced Szczesny into a good low save with a drive from inside the box, but Arsenal struck next with Olivier Giroud making it 3-0. Picking the ball up with a crowd of City defenders around him, he hit a beautiful, looping, left-footed shot over the keeper and into the net.
Jovetic responded with a leaping bicycle kick over the bar, while Arsene Wenger brought on Mathieu Flamini for Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky for goalscorer Santi Cazorla. Again Jovetic was the only City player to try and score, but found Calum Chambers in the way as the young man continued an impressive competitive debut.
The game slowed down considerably in the final twenty minutes as both teams tired and the result not really in question. Wenger made his final change, bringing on Joel Campbell for Aaron Ramsey.
There was a slight worry as Kieran Gibbs looked to pick up a knock making a clearance but after treatment stayed on for the final few minutes.
City almost got a late consolation when Boyata headed just wide from a corner, but in the end Gunners saw it out and well deserved their victory.