Our prediction for this Community Shield match:
The ground at Wembley Stadium will shake when Manchester City and Arsenal lock horns in the Community Shield. While the Citizens successfully defended their Premier League title last season, they'll face the challenge of moving forward without key midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. Nevertheless, Pep Guardiola's troops, though, receive a boost with Belgium superstar Kevin De Bruyne's return from injury.
Arsenal, fueled by their ambition to claim their first Premier League trophy since 2004, wisely reinforced the squad in the summer transfer window. With the additions of Kai Havertz, Declan Rice, and Jurrien Timber, the Emirates Stadium outfit looks stronger than ever. Keep in mind, though, that Switzerland international Granit Xhaka joined Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen earlier this summer. Anyhow, a close encounter is on the cards, with both sides aiming to set the tone for the upcoming season. We're tempted to predict a hard-fought draw, making this clash even more intriguing.
Highlighted Player (Nathan Ake):
Ake is a professional footballer who plays for the Dutch National Team and AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League. The versatile defender who was born on the 18th of February, 1995, started his youth career in 2003 with local club ADO Den Haag. He then moved to Feyenoord in 2007 before joining Chelsea's youth academy four years later.
Ake made his first professional appearance at the age of 17, playing for the Blues in a 0-1 away victory against Norwich on the 26th of December, 2012. Barring a few starts and substitute appearances, Ake spent his next few years at Chelsea mostly in the reserves before being sent out on a one month loan to Reading in 2015. Upon his return, he immediately joined Watford on a season-long loan where his displays earned him the Watford's young player of the season award. Another successful loan spell at Bournemouth succeeded his time at Watford before Chelsea recalled him in January 2017.
At the start of the 17/18 season, the 24-year-old rejoined his current club Bournemouth permanently on a five-year contract worth 20 million pounds. On the International stage, Ake has represented the Netherlands at every youth level and has even captained the under-17 and under-19 sides. He made his first senior appearance on the 31st of May, 2017, featuring in Hollands 2-1 friendly win over Morocco.
Highlighted Team (Arsenal):
Arsenal are regarded as one of the best English teams. The Gunners have won 12 FA Cup trophies, 13 league titles and two League Cups, but they have yet to lift the Champions League trophy. Arsene Wenger’s team were on the verge of beating Barcelona in the Champions League final back in 2006, but they eventually failed to win the prestigious title.
Arsenal used to play their homes at Highbury, but in 2006 they moved to the Emirates Stadium. The capacity of the stadium is 60,260. The Gunners won their last Premier League trophy back in 2004, with the capital club going through the season without a single loss. The likes of Thierry Henry, Denis Bergkamp and Robert Pires were part of the team back then, but Arsenal have not won the league trophy ever since.
Arsenal was founded by Woolwich munitions workers as Dial Square back in 1886. It is well known that Tottenham Hotspur are Arsenal’s fiercest rivals and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals meet in the North London derby.