Arsenal have warmed up for the new Premier League season with a penalty-shootout victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield.
Arsenal began strongly after the short trip across North London with Danny Welbeck seeing a header comfortably saved by Courtois after meeting a floated pass from Granit Xhaka .
but chances were few and far between until Arsenal went close midway through the half.The ball was worked to Alexandre Lacazette just inside the penalty area and although his curling effort beat Courtois, it struck the post and went clear.
Per Mertesacker sustained a nasty cut above his eye after being accidentally elbowed by Gary Cahill after losing the ball in the Sun, but it benefited Chelsea who then enjoyed their best period of the opening 45 minutes.
A minute before the break, Alex Iwobi curled the ball straight at Courtois but both teams deserved to go into the changing rooms on level terms after a competitive half.
Chelsea took the lead through Moses, who converted from close range after reacting quickest to Cahill’s header back into the penalty area.
However, after Pedro was sent off for a studs-up challenge on Elneny, Arsenal found their leveller from the resulting free kick as Kolasinac headed into the bottom corner from Xhaka’s pass.
Using the new ‘ABBA’ method, Arsenal scored each of their four attempts, with Courtois drilling a spot kick over the crossbar and Morata striking the outside of the post to gift Arsene Wenger ‘s side the win.