Community Shield date/kick-off time confirmed

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Having beaten Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Cup final on August 1st, Arsenal will take on title winners Liverpool in the Community Shield.

The traditional curtain-raiser for the season normally takes place the week before the Premier League starts, but this time will be played at the end of August with the new league campaign beginning on September 12th.

As ever, it will be played at Wembley, with a kick-off time of 16.30 on Saturday August 29th.

The game will be played behind closed doors, and with many players currently away on a break before resuming preparations, chances are this will be little more than a training exercise for both teams.

It has been speculated that this will be a chance for Mikel Arteta and Jurgen Klopp to test some of their younger talents on a big stage, with perhaps some experience to build match fitness.

Our last appearance in this fixture was in 2017 when we beat Chelsea 4-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in normal time.

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Johnny 4 Hats

Mikel – “So Stan, we are playing the community shield at the end of the month”

Stan – “What is community?”

Qwaliteee

He’d struggle with the word ‘Charity’ as well.

The Kolkata Gooner

“What is a shield?”

CupidGunner

S.H.I.E.L.D the one with the eye patch chief.

It Is What It Is

CupidGunner sounds like an agent’s name.

BODMAS

Will football or sports in general will continue even without fans? Uk ?? is in recession. People are losing their jobs. COYG

fineas

I hope fans will be allowed soon!

The Kolkata Gooner

COYG

Biggles

Don’t know why your comment is getting so many negative votes. It may not be the end of football but clearly (or perhaps not to some fans) if matches are played, at best, with greatly reduced attendances or, worse case, BCD, because of continuing Covid restrictions for any length of time then it will be very serious. How can it be otherwise? Add on the general effect of a recession – which the UK is now officially in – greater unemployment, reduced money for leisure activity etc. and football (and sport in general) is in real trouble. Arsenal made a… Read more »

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Well, if it’s not from us, and it’s not from Kroenke or TV deals, then it could be “Goodbye Kroenke’s Premier League Arsenal, Hello Bloggs’ Five-a-Side independent Arsenal reboot.”

Scotty

If the overall value and cost of transfers, contracts, TV money, and everything else goes down, and that happens in every country, then that could be a positive thing. Football doesn’t need money to be great. Football needs 22 men on a pitch. If ‘big’ transfer fees go back to being 5 million instead of 200 million, and wages are 10 or 20 grand a week not 500 grand, that doesn’t affect the spectacle of the game in the slightest. And as a beneficial side effect, Stan loses a load of money!

Futsboller

We had a cracking game against LFC’s youth system in the EFL Cup (that Willock goal), so let’s see another, with a better outcome this time!

fineas

I think they will mostly use new players

chaazzle

Was a very fun game to watch but was also peak chaotic Emeryball that looked more like an NBA game than a football match

fineas

but I think we will win!

DublinGooner

I usually enjoy the Community Shield games. I was there in 2015 with my grandson when Wenger broke the Mourinho curse. They both seemed to go to great lengths to avoid having to shake hands, if I recall correctly. Made the win all the more enjoyable knowing Mourinho was p*ssed off….he threw his runner-up medal to a junior Gooner in the Crowd. The sun shone and we sang our hearts out. Very enjoyable occasion.

Sunmolar

Let’s dominate & shield our communities from corona virus

Biggles

No option but another BCD match – the shape of things to come? Let’s hope not, but it doesn’t look good for at least part of the new season. If so, it’s going to be very expensive for football generally.

Naked Cygan

Another trophy in the bag.

Rosapirescastle

My best community charity shield memory was the one against Utd where was first time I seen slynvhio it was a ways and mean of seeing new signing prior to interweb net days.

Remember the one v utd with blue jerseys. Reyes and Gilberto were class

Annette clarke

What colours are Arsenal wearing