Arsenal won the match against Manchester City (hereinafter Man City) in the 2023 England Football Association (FA) Community Shield held 메이저놀이터 at Wembley Stadium in London, England on the 7th (Korean time) after a close penalty shootout. Arsenal, who finished 1-1 in regular time, won the match 4-1 on penalties.
The FA Community Shield is a competition between the English Premier League champions and the FA Cup winners last season. Manchester City won both competitions, allowing Arsenal, the second-placed team in the Premier League, to qualify.
Arsenal fought on an equal footing against Man City, the current best team in Europe, who achieved the treble last season. They were narrowly ahead in ball possession at 51% vs. 49%, and the number of shots was almost the same at 7:8.
Three transfer students, including Kai Havertz, Declan Rice, and Jurien Timber, who were recruited through the summer transfer window, started side by side, and all of them did their part. Havertz led the attack in the front line and the second line, while Rice centered in the center and added strength in the defensive aspect. Leftback Timber also added vitality to flanking attacks with explosive speed and de-pressurization.
I only played one game, but it is significant in that the transfer students did their part.
Arsenal paid a whopping 105 million pounds (approximately 175 billion won) to West Ham United to sign Rice. I strengthened the midfield with the bold spending of the highest transfer fee between English teams, but I saw the effect in the first game. The transfer fee for Havertz is also 60 million pounds (approximately 100 billion won). The transfer fee paid to Ajax for the recruitment of Timber is 40 million euros (approximately 57.6 billion won).
Arsenal has upgraded its power by boldly spending money in the right place to strengthen the position that needs to be recruited. Looking at the results and contents of the Community Shield, it seems that the money was not wasted.
Arsenal ran first in the Premier League last season and stayed in second place after conceding a turnaround to Manchester City in the second half. The first win in 19 years was also a waste. Arsenal, who sharpened their teeth and strengthened their power, will challenge to win again in the 2023-2024 season.