Frank Lampard reacts to Victor Moses' display in Chelsea v Arsenal

Pedro was back on the training pitch less than a fortnight after being taken to a Beijing hospital
Pedro was back on the training pitch less than a fortnight after being taken to a Beijing hospital
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07 August, 2017

This glorified friendly is between the previous seasons' Premier League victor versus the winners of the FA Cup - this year, it's Chelsea versus Arsenal.

"We want to be united and together throughout the season." said Arsene Wenger after the match. From the respective team sheets I would say that Antonio Conte is slightly more desperate to win, as he has picked his strongest possible team, while Arsene Wenger has decided not to start Alexis Sanchez or Laurent Koscielny.

"We had some hard moments at the start of the second half but after [that] we dominated the game".

That was the biggest chance for Arsenal in the half while Chelsea's Pedro also tried his hand from the left but his powerful left footed shot was blocked by Petr Cech.

Cesc Fabregas in action against his former club, Arsenal, in the 2017 FA Cup Final.

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Nigeria global Victor Moses stabbed the ball home on 47 minutes for Chelsea, but Arsenal equalised nine minutes from time through new signing from Schalke, Sead Kolasinac.

Arsenal won the first trophy or the year after defeating their city rivals, Chelsea in the Community Shield, after the penalty shootout.

"He's normally a fullback", Wenger said of Kolasinac. However, Alvaro Morata's header drifted just wide of the post. Wenger signed a new two-year contract after May's FA Cup final win over Chelsea, but the Frenchman knows he needs to deliver in order to win back support of his bosses and supporters of the club. "Eden is happy to stay with us and play for us". And things got worse for the Blues a minute later. Arsenal equalised in the 82nd minute when substitute Sead Kalasinac headed home to cap an impressive performance.

Elneny drew a good save from Courtois with a swerving effort from the right wing shortly before the hour mark as Arsenal pushed for an equaliser.

Chelsea had the lead just after halftime when Granit Xhaka's attempt at a clearance went high into the air and was flicked by Gary Cahill into the path of Moses, who finished from close-range. They have added Tiemoue Bakayoko, who is a very strong player, a strong ball-winner, similar to Nemanja Matic, maybe less of a distance runner but more of an impact player - but certainly they will fight for the championship again.


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