Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw by Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley, before falling to a 4-1 defeat on penalties. Here’s four things we learned from the game.
ABBA, Mamma Mia.
Sunday’s game marked the first ever use of the ABBA penalty system in English football, and it certainly played into Arsenal’s hands. Two shocking penalties from Thibaut Courtois (God only knows why he stepped up to take our second spot-kick), and Alvaro Morata, all-but handed Arsenal the victory. Today’s game taught us that the ABBA structure could see a change in approach from the teams involved. Whatever system is in play, putting your goalkeeper second in the order is probably not a wise move.
Batshuayi’s not ready.
Michy Batshuayi’s talent is no secret, he has proven time and time again that he has the ability to find the back of the net on a regular basis. However, today he appeared to be smothered. Even after Per Mertesacker was withdrawn and Nacho Monreal moved to centre-back, Batshuayi did not test Arsenal’s back-line. He’s not ready to be our main man, that is clear.
Kante back to his best
N’Golo Kante endured a difficult pre-season tour – he was off the boil. However, back in front of an English audience, he was back to his brilliant best. Despite the result, Kante was, by some distance, the best player on the pitch. Let’s hope he carries that good form into the start of the Premier League campaign, because with the absence of Tiemoue Bakayoko, we’re going to need him.
Reinforcements desperately needed
Our squad is worryingly thin, and we need to do something about it – fast. The outfield players named on our bench against Arsenal have made ONE appearance in English football combined. We need new wing-backs, we need another midfielder, we could do with a new centre-back, and we only have two strikers. It’s approaching the time to panic.