At the 14th time of asking Arsene Wenger got the better of Jose Mourinho as his Arsenal side recorded a 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley Sunday afternoon.
Not only did the win mark a personal triumph for Wenger, it was also the first time that his men had beaten their West London rivals in eight attempts – a run that dated back to 2011.
After what had been a quiet opening to proceedings, the game sprung into life in the 24th minute. Sixty seconds earlier, Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was on hand to hold Theo Walcott’s near-post header, but the Belgian could do nothing to stop Oxladeproach Chamberlain’s rising left-footed shot from flying into the top corner of his net.
Aaron Ramsey missed a great chance to make it 2-0 late on but his shot deflected wide off Branislav Ivanovic after Santi Cazorla’s initial effort was blocked by Courtois.
It was Arsenal’s second consecutive Community Shield triumph after last season’s 3-0 win over Manchester City, and the first time Wenger had beaten Mourinho in 14 meetings in all competitions. They face West Ham in the league next Sunday, while Chelsea will take on Swansea on Saturday.