FA Community Shield Match Preview: Manchester City vs. Arsenal

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Updated: August 6, 2014
FA Community Shield ManCity

Match Date: 10 August 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Wembley Stadium, London

(Featured image: Manchester City | Image source: deccanchronicle.com)

 

The FA Community Shield, Premier League’s curtain raiser for the new season, will be contested between the winners of the top-flight football and the FA Cup. In this case, Manchester City and Arsenal both have the chance at bagging this year’s title. The sides last met for the same competition 80 years ago, in 1934.

 

Manchester City

Manchester City won their second Premier League title following a highly engaging season that saw them win 27 times out of 38 fixtures. They last won in 2012, which was their very first league trophy in 44 years. Their campaign was decorated by outstanding achievements, most notably for being the fastest club in the top-flight history to net 100 competitive goals in all competitions before the end of the season, and the first to do so before the end of January. They scored a new record of 143 goals by the conclusion of their campaign.

 

Not only were Manuel Pellegrini’s men highly successful in the English top-tier tournament, but they were also massively triumphant in the League Cup where they trounced Sunderland in the final 3-1. It was one of the very rare occasions when the Citizens obtained two major trophies in a single season.

 

Arsenal

Arsenal’s campaigns for various competitions last season were a mixture of excellent showings and mediocre displays. While still among the most accomplished sides in England and Europe, The Gunners have ‘only’ placed fourth in the Premier League and were unable to go past the Round of 16 in the Champions League.

 

At the FA Cup, however, they showed their greatest potential as English champions. Winning against Liverpool in the third round proper, against Everton in the sixth round proper, against Wigan Athletic in the semi-finals, and ultimately against Hull City in the final, Arsène Wenger’s men proved they were more than capable of outperforming other powerhouse clubs.

 

Football betting tip: Manchester City will lord this tourney over but Arsenal will not leave the pitch without scoring at least one goal.