Arsenal secured a victory in the Community Shield on Sunday by defeating Manchester City 4-1 in a penalty shootout. This contest marked the first significant clash between the two clubs this season.
Although Manchester City enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the first half, it was Arsenal who had the better scoring opportunities.
Kai Havertz, their notable summer acquisition, missed two chances to score a debut goal, with Stefan Ortega saving both of his attempts.
In the second half, Pep Guardiola’s team displayed increased determination, evidenced by John Stones’ saved header.
However, it was substitute Cole Palmer who finally broke the deadlock with a skillful shot from outside the box, leaving Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale helpless to stop it.
Nevertheless, Arsenal refused to be disheartened and continued to press forward.
They showcased their resilience by equalizing in stoppage time through a deflected shot, which forced the match into a penalty shootout.
Ultimately, it was Arsenal who emerged as victors. Their triumph was sealed when Kevin de Bruyne’s penalty attempt struck the crossbar, and Ramsdale made a crucial save.