Man City and Arsenal to battle for Community Shield glory

Manchester City and Arsenal will kick off the 2023/24 season with a mouth-watering clash in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday, 6 August.

The match will mark the 100th anniversary of the home of English football, which hosted its first FA Cup final in 1923.

City, who won both the Premier League and FA Cup last season, will face league runners-up Arsenal, who finished second after a strong campaign under Mikel Arteta.

The two teams have met twice in the Community Shield before, with City winning 3-0 in 2018 and Arsenal triumphing 3-0 in 2014.

Both managers will be keen to get their hands on the first silverware of the season and set the tone for the upcoming campaign.

City, who scored a record-breaking 115 goals in the league last season, will be looking to continue their dominance under Pep Guardiola, who has won seven trophies in his five years at the club.

Arsenal, who improved their defence and midfield under Arteta, will be hoping to challenge for the title and end their nine-year wait for a major trophy.

The match will also feature some of the best players in the world, such as City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden, and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka and Thomas Partey. Fantasy Premier League managers will be eagerly watching the match for insights into team selection and player form ahead of the 2023/24 Fantasy Premier League season.

The Community Shield, which is also known as the FA Charity Shield, is a traditional curtain-raiser for the English football season. It is usually played between the winners of the Premier League and FA Cup, or between the league champions and runners-up if one team wins both competitions.

The match is also a charity event, with proceeds going to various organisations supported by The FA. Last year’s game raised £1.25 million for charities across England.

The Community Shield will be played at 16:00 BST on Sunday, 6 August. It will be broadcast live on ITV. Tickets are available from The FA website.