It’s not the most important game in English club football. The jury is still out on which game is the most important in English club football – does it even matter which game is more important than the other?
Anyways, the Community Shield doesn’t really count when fans count trophies their clubs have won in a season. It’s more about the bragging rights at stake and, of course, the chance to start off the season on a winning note.
Those are just two from the long list of reasons why the game between Arsenal and Liverpool is the perfect opener for the 2020/2021 Premier League season.
This weekend, the Premier League champions will square off against the FA Cup winners (with both sides taking the knee before the game). Both sides have won this trophy (or shield?) 15 times. They have lost this one-off game seven times so it’s the perfect match-up to separate both sides in the history books.
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The Gunners come into this game with high spirits.
Mikel Arteta has brought a fresh breath of air, helping Arsenal to win eight of their last 11 competitive games of the 2019/2020 football season – including wins over Manchester City and Liverpool. It was the first time Arsenal managed a win over the Reds in 12 meetings.
Being a season-opener, this game can go in any direction. While both sides head into this game, trying to get the best start to the season, they will keep in mind the history that they share.
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As the Gunners enter this game as the winner of the most recent meeting between both sides, Liverpool come into the game as champions of England. They will also look to tighten their stranglehold on the tie which slipped, momentarily, from their hands in that 2-1 loss to Arsenal in July.
Liverpool have won five of the last nine meetings against Arsenal. To an extent, they know how to handle the Gunners. But the last time they played an FA Community Shield game, they lost, to Manchester City.
Four of the last 10 meetings between these two sides have ended in a draw – none of them being goalless draws. You have to go as far back as 2015 to find the last Arsenal vs. Liverpool game that ended without goals. It was also the only game, of the last 20 in the history between these two, that finished goalless.
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