Arsenal thump City to lift Community Shield

London side win season-opening title after goals from Cazorla, Ramsey & Giroud against Manchester City.

    Arsenal had last won the Community Shield in 2004 [Getty Images]
    Arsenal had last won the Community Shield in 2004 [Getty Images]

    Arsenal, who went nine years without a trophy before winning the FA Cup in May, collected their second piece of silverware in three months when they crushed champions Manchester City 3-0 in the Community Shield at Wembley.

    Arsenal thoroughly deserved their emphatic win in the traditional curtain-raiser to the new English season with goals from Santi Cazorla after 21 minutes, Aaron Ramsey after 42 and a stunning long-range third from Olivier Giroud just past the hour.

    Manchester City were without seven players who played in the World Cup while Arsenal were missing their three German World Cup winners Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski.

    But the Gunners, fielding three debutants including $58.71m striker Alexis Sanchez, were far sharper than City who look like they have plenty of work to do before the start of the new Premier League campaign next weekend.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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