Arsenal defeat Premier League champions Chelsea in Community Shield

Philippe Coutinho's future is in doubt

Chelsea had Pedro dismissed for an untidy lunge on Mohamed Elneny 82 seconds before Kolasinac converted Granit Xhaka's cross, but Wenger felt an Arsenal leveller had always been on the cards, irrespective of any numerical advantage.

"He still needs to adapt to the intensity of the game but overall in the first half he had some very interesting moments and I believe, after what we saw today, he will become stronger and stronger". Wenger is in a do-or-die position realistically and needs his players to start fighting from day one of the campaign, while the relationship between Conte and the Chelsea higher-ups still seems tenuous. "A lot of people told me the penalty [for Willian] was clear". "There are 29 established first-team players in the Arsenal squad, 25 of whom are full internationals".

Conte defended the decision to allow Courtois to take a penalty, while he also said Morata needs more time to adapt. I don't know. I think about this.

"Why? Because transfers are becoming so high even for normal players that you will see more players going to the end of their contracts because no one is going to want to pay what is demanded. We always looked unsafe".

"Morata needs to work but this is normal. They are working to try to recover very soon but they are not able for tomorrow's game", he revealed. But, Michy Batshuayi is in contention after having a great pre-season, including netting twice against the Gunners in China in a preseason friendly last week.

Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger and Willy Caballero have also arrived but Nemanja Matic, Nathan Ake, Nathaniel Chalobah and Asmir Begovic are among those to have left the club.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been trying to keep hold of Alexis Sanchez as the Gunners attempt to return to the Champions League after missing out on qualification for the first time in 20 years. In his press conference on Thursday, Wenger was asked about both and here's what he had to say regarding Sanchez: "We don't want to take too big a gamble on a player who has just come back, for us it's important to build his fitness".

Chelsea begin the defence of their Premier League crown at home to Burnley next Saturday and Conte believes there are six teams who can the title this season.

"In England you win the title and the next season the teams prepare to fight you with all their strength", he said.

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