While Sanchez will work hard this week to be ready for Friday, Wenger said that his other key midfielders could struggle: Ozil only has a “little chance” to be fit while Ramsey is also struggling.
Arsenal vs Chelsea, Community Shield – player ratings
Arsenal vs Chelsea player ratings
Who impressed and who faltered at Wembley?
Petr Cech – 7 out of 10
His usual assured self at the back. Was quick off his line in the first half to clear a Chelsea through ball on the edge of the box. Let down by his Arsenal defence for Chelsea’s goal but a hero in the shootout.
Rob Holding – 6
An assured first half performance but failed to properly read the situation for Moses’ goal. Should have done better.
Per Mertesacker – N/A
His game was cut short after taking a blow to the head that forced him into an early substitution.
Nacho Monreal – 6
Adjusted well to loss of Mertesacker at the back. Held his position and coped under pressure. Nothing remarkable, though.
Hector Bellerin – 6
Enjoyed more influence down the flank than his counterpart on the other wing. Got forward into the right positions and produced a number of challenging deliveries.
Mohamed Elneny – 6
Chanced his luck with a few wild shots on goal that failed to come to fruition. Worked hard in the middle. Solid performance all round.
Granit Xhaka – 7
It was his failed clearance which handed Chelsea their opener but he made up for it as the game advanced. He came close with a stinging shot from outside of the box and provided the delivery for Kolasinac’s header. MOTM.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 5
Oxlade-Chamberlain continues to look out of place at left-back, despite Wenger’s hopes that he’ll be able to make a wing-back out of the player. As such, the Ox once again lacked confidence and that special spark that stopped him from having any real major say on the game – even when he was pushed on higher up the pitch after Mertesacker’s injury.
Alex Iwobi – 7
Enjoyed a notable surge forward at the end of the first half with an explosive burst of pace before showing some neat footwork to keep the attack alive after running into danger. Spirited and lively performance in all.
Danny Welbeck – 7
Put in an industrious performance for Arsenal. Tireless in his harrying of Chelsea’s back line and willing to drop back deep for his team mates. Linked up well with Lacazette, too, which certainly bodes well for the coming season.
Alexandre Lacazette – 6
An encouraging game for the Frenchman. Was certainly more effective in the first half, when he hit the post with a curled effort from the centre of the box. Could strike up a nice partnership with Welbeck.
Thibaut Courtois – 5
Made some good saves although looked a little bit wobbly underneath the high ball. But why oh why did he step forward to take a penalty?!
Cesar Azpilicueta – 6
Struggled against the direct running of Iwobi. Not one of his better games, all in all.
David Luiz – 7
An enigmatic performance from the Brazilian, who impressed with a couple of bits of outrageous skill.
Gary Cahill – 7
Dominant in the air and played out well from the back when required.
Victor Moses – 7
Opened the scoring with a well-taken goal at the start of the second-half.
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Cesc Fabregas – 7
Calm and composed in the middle of the park. His passing was impressive throughout.
N’Golo Kante – 7
A typically tidy performance. His pass success rate did not dip below 90% all match and he made several good tackles.
Marcos Alonso – 6
Not one of the Spaniard’s better games. But on the plus side he does have a superb new lid.
Willian – 6
Not his best performance, and was booked half-way through the first-half for simulation.
Pedro – 7
Chelsea’s brightest player in the first-half by a considerable distance and equally effective in the second. But was sent off late on for a dangerous tackle.
Michy Batshuayi – 6
Had a couple of shots, one of which was well saved by Cech. He’s improving – but he’s no Diego Costa.
“I left them all out because some are short of preparation, like Alexis Sanchez,” Wenger explained.
“Mesut Ozil got a kick on his ankle, it’s swollen, couldn’t play or practice yesterday. Overall we will see, he has a little chance to play on Friday night. Ramsey has a chance to play, but I think he could be short as well with a little calf problem.”
While the Premier League is very different from pre-season, Wenger said that his team have shown the right tempo so far this summer for them to start the season well. “We want to find a good balance between the confidence we can get out of this game and the urgency that every Premier League game demands,” he said.
“We had some bad starts recently in the last four years, in the first games of the PL, but we had the intensity in our games in preparation that is needed to be ready, so let’s go into the Premier League with the same discipline, the same spirit and see where we can go.”
Last year was disappointing for Arsenal in the league – they came fifth – which Wenger put down to the negative attitude which he now admits was due to his own silence over his future. But with that now resolved, Wenger was confident that the team could move on and progress this season.
“It is down to us to keep the positive atmosphere around the team,” he said. “A lot [of the negative atmosphere] was created by my own situation, maybe I made a mistake. But overall I believe it is down to us. The trend has always to come from the team.”