Arteta v Klopp in the Community Shield

Last updated: August 28, 2020 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 16:30
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Coverage: BT Sport 1
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Away Form: LWWWD
Last Meeting: Arsenal 2 – 1 Liverpool
Competition: Community Shield

The traditional curtain-raiser for the season sees FA Cup winners Arsenal play Premier League champions, Liverpool, at Wembley Stadium. Arsenal struggled in the league last season but beat all before them in the cup. Liverpool will want revenge for their FA Cup exit, who will win?

This game is just the second meeting between the two sides in the Community Shield with Liverpool recording a 3 – 1 win back in 1979. The last time the two sides met, Liverpool had already been crowned Premier League Champions for the first time in 30 years. Arsenal won the match 2 – 1 after two uncharacteristic errors by Virgil Van Dijk, and Alisson gave chances for Alexander Lacazette and Reiss Nelson to score, cancelling out Sadio Mane’s early goal.

Arsenal won the 2019-20 FA Cup despite finishing 8th in the Premier League table, 43 points behind their opponents. Mikel Arteta is now in contention for his second trophy in his debut managerial career that he has been in for less than a year. Three memorable wins summarise Arsenal’s season, 2 – 1 against Liverpool, 2 – 0 FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester City and the 2 – 1 final win against Chelsea.

The Gunners have already been active in the transfer market having signed Pablo Mari (£8m, Flamengo), Cedric Soares (free, Southampton) and Willian (free, Chelsea). Another deal that is nearly over the line is the £27m signing of centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes, who featured in 24 of the 28 Lille games they played. Described as a “machine” by Arsenal scouts, the 22-year-old Brazilian alongside William Saliba could potentially be a great pairing. Under the stewardship and experience of David Luiz, who is likely to be an important figure in their development, as they adapt to the Premier League.

They are yet to complete their most important summer deal, which is to convince their captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to put pen to paper. The 31-year-old Gabon international thrives on big occasions as we saw in the finals of the FA Cup final. He individually won his side 19 points which are 37.5% of their total last season, scoring seven goals in 11 appearances against the ‘big six’. The captain has been the best scorer since he graced the Premier League with 70 goals, two more than Mohammed Salah and five more than Raheem Sterling. He became the fastest player to reach the milestone of 50 Premier League goals in just 79 matches, four fewer games than the legendary Thierry Henry.

Liverpool have made one signing so far, providing cover for Andrew Robertson with Konstantinos Tsimikas signing from Greek champions Olympiacos to reduce minutes from the Scottish maestro. Liverpool has had their goals created from the flanks, a style that has worked with Alexander Arnold and Robertson transforming the modern fullback roles.

Jürgen Klopp’s system rarely penetrates the midfield with the old school number 10 role, in fact, Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne made 13 through balls, three times more than Jordan Henderson who managed just four (best numbers for the team). Roberto Firmino occasionally drops back to fill in the role. Still, you feel this is an area Liverpool need to reinforce to reduce their overreliance on the wingbacks on assists. Arnold and Robertson had a combined 25 assists in the league last season, and a number ten would only increase their ability to create more goals from the centre of the park.

Thiago is on Liverpool’s radar as the best potential candidate, a Spanish pass master with Brazilian roots and Barcelona upbringing, makes him an appealing prospect. His can work in tight spaces, has great vision and possesses breath-taking confidence with the ability in control to allow him to escape sticky situations, averaging 82.6% complete passes per 90 minutes. Pep Guardiola gave him his debut while in Barcelona and even instigated a move to follow him to Bayern Munich. Thiago has a great passing range with both feet, has an eagle eye for a clinical pass in the final third and tactically better than all the three likely starting Liverpool midfielders. A scary thought when you consider the huge margin (18 points) of victory in the league last season.

Liverpool had a real scare when Van Dijk went off in the 55th minute with a bleeding eye in their recent friendly match against Red Bull Salzburg on Tuesday where they drew 2 – 2. Klopp said after the game that the injury is “nothing to be worried about” and the 29-year-old is not expected to suffer any lasting effects.

Team News

Aubameyang has been the best goal scorer in the Premier League since his arrival scoring 70 goals including 22 League goals in the last two seasons.

Arsenal had an emphatic end to their season beating Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea to finish the season with the FA Cup.

Virgil Van Dijk is expected to feature despite being walking out with a bleeding eye in their recent friendly against RB Salzburg.

Liverpool lost last season’s Community Shield on penalties to Manchester City but made up for the loss by winning the Premier League.

Expected Line-Ups:

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Martinez, Bellerin, Sokratis, Luiz, Saliba, Tierney, Ceballos, Xhaka, Pepe, Aubameyang, Lacazette
Subs: Leno, Guendouzi, Willock, Holding, Nelson, Maitland-Niles, Torreira, Martinelli, Kolasnic, Saka, Mustafi, Mari, Nketiah
Injured: Chambers
Not available: Gabriel
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Firmino, Mane
Subs: Kelleher, Gomez, Henderson, Lallana, Williams, Jones, Elliott, Milner, Henderson, Origi
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Arsenal This Season Liverpool This Season
8th League Position 1st
14 (4) Wins (away) 32 (13)
4 – 0 v Newcastle Biggest Win 4 – 0 v Crystal Palace
14 (8) Draws (away) 3 (2)
0 – 3 v Man City Biggest Defeat 4 – 0 v Man City
Aubameyang (22) Top Goal Scorer Salah (19)
Y86, R5 Discipline Y38, R1
7 Failures to Score 3
26% Clean Sheets 39%
60% Both Teams to Score Games 55%
57% Over 2.5 Goals 68%
43% Under 2.5 Goals 32%
  • Arsenal and Liverpool have featured against each other 52 times. Arsenal has taken advantage of Liverpool 20 times against Liverpool’s 15, with 17 draws between them.
  • The recent 2 – 1 win was the Gunners first win in eight meetings of the sides, losing five and drawing twice.
  • An intriguing game with great attacking players between the sides in what promises to be a high scoring final at Wembley.
  • Aubameyang has scored 22 goals for two consecutive Premier League season missing out on the golden boot by just one goal last season.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
25/07/2020 EPL Arsenal 2 – 1 Liverpool Mane 20’
30/10/2019 League Cup Liverpool 5 – 5 Arsenal Torreira 19’
24/08/2019 EPL Liverpool 3 – 1 Arsenal Matip 41’
29/12/2018 EPL Liverpool 5 – 1 Arsenal Firmino 14′
03/11/2018 EPL Arsenal 1 – 1 Liverpool Milner 61’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Arsenal’s victory in their favourite competition saved what would otherwise have been a disastrous season and means the Gunners have European football this year, albeit in the Europa League. This game may not be as prestigious as it once was, but still is an early chance to lift a trophy. Arsenal’s hopes largely rest on Aubameyang’s shoulders; if he plays well, they have a chance.

Liverpool is enjoying a level of success that is reminiscent of the club’s golden years of the ’70s and ’80s. Recently they have been Uefa Super Cup Winners, Champions League Winners, crowned World Champions and are the current Premier League Champions. They have the winning habit and will want to get this new season off to a winning start.

Liverpool is understandably the huge favourites for this clash (13/20) with Arsenal priced @ 4/1 and comparing the sides; the Anfield side is stronger in almost all departments. We, however, wouldn’t be surprised to see this one go to penalties, 1-1 is available @7/1 with bet365.