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Arsenal vs. Chelsea in Community Shield

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Arsenal's luck against Chelsea could change in the FA Community Shield

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol insists that the Community Shield showdown between Arsenal and Chelsea will be an important match, particularly for the two managers, but as usual, Craig disagrees.

The Community Shield may be the Premier League's curtain-raiser, but Jose Mourinho wasn't all that interested in further raising the profile of the match, as his Chelsea champions prepare to face the FA Cup holders Arsenal on Sunday.

"I think it's in between," the Portuguese manager said in his Friday news conference, referencing the warmup games of the last few weeks. "It's not a friendly like against Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain or Arsenal against Wolfsburg. It's more than that, but it's less...

Theo Walcott has plenty to prove at Arsenal after signing new contract

Arsene Wenger is fully focussed on Arsenal's Community Shield clash with Chelsea on Sunday.
Arsene Wenger is fully focussed on Arsenal's Community Shield clash with Chelsea on Sunday.

When Theo Walcott signed his last Arsenal contract in 2013, he was in a position of power.

Robin van Persie had left the previous summer to Manchester United. The season before that, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri went to Barcelona and Manchester City, respectively. Walcott was the last star on the books -- he knew it and Arsenal knew it, so his departure was simply not an option for the club.

Walcott held out until January, when he could have signed for any European club on a fee, then put pen to...

Rivalry returns as Wenger and Mourinho set for Arsenal vs. Chelsea

The ESPN FC crew debate which side has the best defence in football, if Arsenal are done spending and more.

The Premier League returns next week and to get us in the mood, it's Arsenal vs. Chelsea in the Community Shield on Sunday. It's a chance to lay down a marker for the rest of the campaign as Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho do battle once again and ESPN FC bloggers Tom Adams (Arsenal) and Mark Worrall (Chelsea) take us through what to expect.

How's your summer been so far compared to Sunday's opponents?

Tom Adams: Let's put it this way: win on Saturday and Barcelona's reign as Europe's...

 By Michael Cox

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey aims to be a future captain of the Gunners

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keen to add his first piece of silverware of the season ahead of the Community Shield against Chelsea.
Aaron Ramsey's, left, perseverance through multiple injuries has served him well as he's emerged as a key player and leader for Arsenal.

Every summer, there's a consensus that Arsenal need new players: sometimes goalkeepers, sometimes defenders, sometimes midfielders and sometimes forwards. But we're always told they need something else, too: leaders.

That's more difficult, because you can't solve that problem overnight in the transfer market. Becoming a leader is generally a gradual progression, a quality that comes with experience at a club after years spent earning the respect of your peers.

For Arsenal, the usual wearers of the...

Sol Campbell: There will be non-white PM before non-white England boss

Sol Campbell has moved away from football and into politics.

Former Tottenham, Arsenal and England defender Sol Campbell has spent the past few months playing a different kind of game. After a career spanning two decades where he won 73 caps and every major honour in England, the 40-year-old has moved into the world of politics and tried to secure the Conservative Party nomination for London Mayor but did not make the shortlist.

ESPN FC caught up with the former defender to discuss football, politics and what the future holds.

Q. The Premier League starts...

 By Chris Wright

Cristiano Ronaldo or Laurent Koscielny: Whose skill is better?

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti says that Real Madrid might consider offloading Cristiano Ronaldo if a record sum is offered.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley is at odds as to why Rafael Benitez would not originally say Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player at Real Madrid.

While limbering up with his Real Madrid teammates in Shanghai on Wednesday afternoon, Cristiano Ronaldo executed an ultra-casual, no-look pass that garnered hushed awe from the fans in attendance.

Just to top it all off, Ronaldo also chucked in a nonchalant wave to the crowd just for fun.

Meanwhile, in North London, it would appear that Arsenal's...