Arsenal 1-Liverpool 1: Brewster penalty miss hands Mikel Arteta second trophy in less than a year

Arsenal vs Liverpool

The curtain-raiser for the 2020/21 English campaign took place a short time ago.

Despite clubs across the country preparing for a hectic season, plans to play out the Community Shield, somewhat surprisingly, went ahead.

This year’s showpiece pitted Liverpool, the 2019/20 top-flight champions, against the current holders of the FA Cup, Arsenal.

On paper at least, it was Jurgen Klopp’s side who headed into the tie clear favourites.

The Reds, of course, clinched their first-ever Premier League title earlier this year, courtesy of a staggering 99-point haul.

Arsenal, on the other hand, finished all the way down in 8th place, with the north Londoners in the midst of a transitional period as Mikel Arteta attempts to return the club to their former glories.

When all was said and done at Wembley, though, Arsenal more than held their own, to take Liverpool to a penalty shootout.

Aubameyang scores again

Neither outfit started the tie with their main elevens, though both still put out fairly strong squads:

Today’s #CommunityShield team news… #ARSLIV

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 29, 2020

Team news bang on time!

Here’s how we line up for today’s game…

#CommunityShield | #ARSLIV

— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 29, 2020

The first half-chance of the day came inside four minutes when Andy Robertson whipped an inviting ball across to Mohamed Salah, but Kieran Tierney was able to direct the cross into Emiliano Martinez’s gloves.

Virgil van Dijk then had the ball in the Gunners’ net moments later after connecting with a Robertson free-kick. The effort was rightly ruled out for offside though.

Neco Williams, starting at right-back instead of Trent Alexander-Arnold, then whipped a good cross to James Milner at the back post who should have done better with his mistimed header.

Liverpool would be left to rue that missed chance as moments later, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang curled a sumptuous effort past Allison from the edge of the box.

Williams perhaps could have done a better job preventing the goal as the youngster did seem to allow the Arsenal hitman to cut inside quite easily.

A stunning team move, a stunning finish!

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that was class #CommunityShield pic.twitter.com/Mms3zlFOQP

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 29, 2020

Said strike also looked to give the Londoners a big lift with Eddie Nketia coming very close to doubling Arsenal’s lead 17 minutes in.

The Arsenal forward then had the next decent chance of the tie inside 26 minutes with this effort curling over.

As for Liverpool, they struggled to regain any sort of grip on the game for some time following Aubameyang’s opener.

Robertson’s crossers were the Reds only real source of attacking threat for much of the first 45.

The first 45 drew to a close with Aubameyang’s 12th-minute strike the difference between the sides.

Aubameyang’s goal also saw him become Arsenal’s joint top scorer in games played at Wembley, level with Alexis Sanchez – though it is worth noting all of the African’s efforts came within a space of just 42 days.

5 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is now Arsenal’s joint top scorer in games played at Wembley Stadium (5, level with Alexis Sanchez). Aubameyang’s five goals at the ground have come in the space of 42 days. Crucial. #ARSLIV pic.twitter.com/cvWCL1FidE

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 29, 2020

Brewster miss hands Arsenal Community Shield

Despite six substitutes being allowed from each side on Saturday, neither manager made any changes for the start of the second half.

It would be Liverpool who first came close to scoring in the second 45 when Roberto Firmino placed a strike just wide of Martinez’s post.

Sadio Mane then found himself in behind Arsenal’s backline but this time Martinez saved well.

Klopp then opted to make a number of changes just before the hour mark with Fabinho dropping in to centre-back whilst Joe Gomez moved out to right-back after Williams was taken off.

Naby Keita and Takumi Minamino were also brought on as Klopp looked to add some much-needed creativity to his side. And to Klopp’s credit, the changes certainly had the desired effect.

The latter of that duo produced a decent strike 67 minutes in but Martinez saved well.

Minamino would then draw Liverpool level 72 minutes in, tapping in a loose ball in the box.

Minamino makes it 1-1!

His first goal for Liverpool #CommunityShield pic.twitter.com/f5CN2q4LmJ

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 29, 2020

As for Arsenal, their lack of a break appeared to catch up with Arteta’s men, who looked to run out of steam in the latter stages of the 90 minutes.

The Gunners were penned back into their own box by Liverpool with some heroics from Martinez to deny Mane again narrowly keeping Arsenal in the clash.

Arsenal sub Joe Willock did have a rare chance to regain Arsenal the lead five minutes from time but his header was directed well wide.

Neither side was able to find a second, though, with the 2020 Community Shield eventually decided by penalties.

And when all was said and done, it would be Arsenal who emerged victorious, with Rhian Brewster the only man to miss a spot-kick – eventually seeing Arsenal win the shootout 5-4.

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