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Antonio Conte's Chelsea v Arsene Wenger's Arsenal in 95th annual Emirates FA Community Shield


The 2017 FA Community Shield is the 95th annual FA Community Shield tournament. This year’s edition will be played between the winners of the previous season’s England Premier League, Chelsea, and the winners of the 2016-17 FA Cup, Arsenal.

Proceeds from the upcoming Community Shield match between Chelsea v Arsenal at Wembley Stadium in London will be donated by the Football Association to those affected by the horrible Grenfell Tower fire. The FA hopes to raise around £1.25m for the victims and their families. Eighty-nine people died in the fire, including those classed as missing or presumed dead.  The FA has invited survivors, emergency service personnel, and the families of the victims to the game between Arsenal and Chelsea on Sunday 6 August. FA chairman, Greg Clarke, talked about the terrible fire.

“Like the rest of the country, we were all deeply saddened by the terrible incident at Grenfell Tower. The suffering and loss for those involved is unimaginable,” said Clarke. “Whilst only a football match, we hope that in some small way through the Community Shield we can help. Two great London clubs will come together to play at the city’s most famous stadium just a few miles from Kensington. They will be united in their passion for football, grief at this tragic loss and support for their community. Football is for all, and we hope that on 6 August it can in its own way give something back to those who are most in need.”

The FA Cup winners Arsenal and Premier League champions Chelsea have also donated their club match fee to the Grenfell Tower support fund.

Chelsea’s chairman, Bruce Buck, said: “We believe it is appropriate and timely that the first major football match involving top-flight clubs to take place in our city since the tragedy will be dedicated in such a way to the victims and survivors, and to the enormous number of heroes of the rescue operation, especially given this occasion’s long history of being played for the benefit of the wider community and people in need of support.”

Arsenal’s chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, said his club stands with Chelsea in reaching out to the fire victims’ families.

“The club stands side by side with Chelsea in reaching out to the community and expressing our support and solidarity for those who have lost friends and family, their homes and their sense of security in the wake of this tragic event,” said Gazidis. “We also pay tribute to our city’s emergency services who showed immense courage and bravery. We play the FA Community Shield on Sunday, August 6, with the victims and the heroes of this terrible tragedy close to our hearts.

The English Football League said its clubs would give up their share of Community Shield proceeds, with the EFL adding to the sum to make a £175,000 total donation.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger celebrates winning 2017 FA Cup

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Arsenal celebrates winning 2017 FA Cup

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Manchester United are currently the Community Shield holders, after beating Premier League champions Leicester City in the 2016 match.

Match Report

Leicester City 1-2 Manchester United

Leicester goal by: Jamie Vardy 52’min

Man United goals by: Jesse Lingard 32’min, Zlatan Ibrahimovic 83’min

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring the winning goal for Manchester United against Leicester City

In last year’s Premier League season opener Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the winning goal for his new club Manchester United and the striker who kidded about becoming a footballing god to the United fans, began his career with the Red Devils by coming through for his side in stunning style.

The curtain-raiser to the Premier League season was marked by Jesse Lingard’s marvelous solo goal and a well deserved Leicester City equalizer from the Premier League high goal scorer in the 205-16 season, Jamie Vardy.

Zlatan, a free-agent signing from Paris Saint-Germain had successfully executed a back-heel with his first touch for United. Then the Swede scored with a header past Kasper Schmeichel in the 83rd minute.

Ibrahimovic was overtaken by delight as United won the Community Shield to start the season in grand style. Man United manager José Mourinho’s mission is to win silverware for Old Trafford and after losing his previous three Community Shields with Chelsea, Mourinho achieved his goal as the trophy was hoisted to the sky.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Manchester United celebrate after winning the FA Community Shield match between Leicester City and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on August 7, 2016 in London, England.

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