Arsenal beat Manchester City on penalties to win Community Shield

Arsenal won the Community Shield on Sunday, defeating Manchester City 4-1 in a penalty shootout and striking the first blow in the two clubs’ rivalry this season.

Fabio Vieira converted the game-winning penalty after Arsenal struck a late equalizer in stoppage time to secure a 1-1 draw with the Premier League champions and set a shootout at London’s Wembley Stadium.

“For us, it’s a statement. It’s a marker to know we can go and beat Man City in a big game when it matters,” Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale told ITV.

“I’m not sure what it’ll be like this season. But that mental block is gone. We’re ready to push on now.”

While City had the most of the possession in the first half, Arsenal had the better chances, with huge close-season signing Kai Havertz twice missing chances to bag a debut goal, as both of his attempts were stopped by Stefan Ortega.

In the second half, Pep Guardiola’s team showed greater determination, with John Stones having a header saved, however, it was substitute Cole Palmer who opened the scoreline with a curling attempt from the edge of the box that beat Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Ramsdale was then called into action twice in quick succession, making saves from Phil Foden and Rodri to keep the deficit to one goal, with Arsenal digging deep to draw the game in the 11th minute of extra time thanks to a deflected Leandro Trossard strike.

In the shootout, City’s Kevin de Bruyne hit the crossbar and Ramsdale stopped a poor Rodri attempt before Vieira sealed Arsenal’s 17th victory of the season, bringing them into second place behind Manchester United in the all-time tally.

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