Ortega’s mistake in the penalty shootout cost City their first title of the season as Vieira’s penalty gave Arsenal the perfect revival after last season’s losses

August 6, 2023

Arsenal was desperate for a win to stay in the mix as title favorites for the upcoming Premier League season. Beating last season’s treble winners on a warm and windy evening at Wembley Stadium in the Community Shield final was just the start to up their ante after a disappointing previous season. The recent changes in the Manchester City squad after their treble-winning season have forced the manager Pep Guardiola to make some changes to his strategy for the new season in haste. Pep came on live on the pre-match show and said that his players are exhausted after a lengthy season and a piled-up fixture list. This fact was evident today after the completion of the first quarter of the game Arsenal went ahead and changed their gears as City mostly sat back and defended with irregular bursts of attacks on the Arsenal defense. Although City’s early possession brought in some chances of openings, Ilkay Gundogan’s replacement Mateo Kovacic distributed the ball smoothly enough. Akanji’s cross for Earling Haaland was intervened smartly by Ben White while Rodri’s shot deflected wide.

The action of Arteta’s outburst on the touchline confirmed that the English footballing season is back on, and Arteta wanted this win over the serial champions to end his 9-match defeat record against City. With Arsenal ferociously pressing City’s back line for possession they looked organized enough to avoid any problems this time. The game took flight for Manchester City when before the end of the third-quarter mark Pep Guardiola replaced Earling Haaland with Cole Palmer and Kevin De Bruyne arrived in Kovacic’s stead. Saka’s air-kicking precise cross for Ben White and Palmer’s strike narrowly cleared the bar from a deflection indicating a great flow of the match in the second period.

Phil Foden breaks away the right after Partey’s attempted press as De Bruyne headed a loose ball into the right area for Palmer who brilliantly bent a left-footed finish into the top left corner way past Ramsdale at the back of the net around 77 minutes of the game giving City the lead.

Ramsdale’s saves in quick succession from Foden and Rodri gave Arsenal the hope that they needed to stay alive in the game. Trossard’s low left-footed equalizer in the 11th minute of the added time gave Arsenal the perfect stage to show off their special penalty shootout skills which they have been practicing for the last two years. Kevin De Bruyne’s penalty struck the woodwork and Rodri’s penalty save was enough for Vieira to seal the deal for Arsenal as winners of the Community Shield 2023-24.