Arsenal’s Kai Havertz leading the team lift the silverware, [Photo: Arsenal]
Arsenal lifted the Community Shield to end Manchester City’s silverware streak with a 4-1 penalty shoot-out victory after a 1-1 draw against the treble winners.
Mikel Arteta’s side forced the shoot-out thanks to Leandro Trossard’s heavily deflected equalizer 11 minutes into stoppage time at Wembley.
Cole Palmer’s superb curler had given City the lead late in the second half, but Kevin De Bruyne and Rodri missed their penalties before Fabio Vieira converted the decisive kick in the annual curtain-raiser to the Premier League season.
Boss and Viera remains happy and relieved over their unexpected win.
Kevin De Bruyne hit the crossbar with a powerful strike from the spot and Rodri had an effort saved by Aaron Ramsdale, giving Fabio Vieira the opportunity to win it for Arsenal. The Portuguese playmaker curled it high into the corner.
Arsenal had the better of the chances in the 90 minutes with off-season-signing Kai Havertz — leading the line with Gabriel Jesus injured — having two close-range efforts saved in the first half and Bukayo Saka shooting wide.
John Stones had a header from a corner tipped over from Ramsdale before Palmer’s goal.