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Arsenal secured a remarkable victory over treble winners Manchester City in a thrilling Community Shield match, culminating in a 4-1 penalty shoot-out win after a 1-1 draw at Wembley on


Mikel Arteta's squad managed to force the penalty shoot-out thanks to Leandro Trossard's late equalizer, which deflected heavily off Cole Palmer's superb curler that had initially put City ahead late in the second half.

In a dramatic penalty shoot-out, Kevin De Bruyne hit the bar with City's first spot-kick, and Aaron Ramsdale made a crucial save on Rodri's effort. Fabio Vieira eventually converted the decisive kick, sealing Arsenal's triumph in the annual Premier League season opener.

The Arsenal players celebrated their victory with immense joy, reflecting the club's determination to claim a title after a prolonged period without major silverware. Manager Mikel Arteta expressed his elation, emphasizing the significance of winning against the "best team in the world."

Pep Guardiola, City's boss, admitted to disappointment but acknowledged Arsenal's superior performance in the shoot-out. Despite the loss, City made history last season by becoming the second English club to secure the Premier League, Champions League, and FA Cup in a single season.

With £160 million worth of new signings in Declan Rice, Kai Havertz, and Jurrien Timber on display, Arsenal demonstrated a spirited performance, emphasizing their eagerness to compete against City. However, Arteta knows they will face a tough challenge in trying to dethrone the champions, who are striving for an unprecedented fourth successive title.

The match showcased composed performances from England midfielder Declan Rice and newcomer Jurrien Timber at left-back. However, Kai Havertz missed crucial chances to take the lead, adding pressure on him to step up in Gabriel Jesus's absence due to injury.

While Manchester City showed promise in the form of Mateo Kovacic on his debut, they faced challenges with Croatian defender Josko Gvardiol's unavailability following his recent arrival from Leipzig.

In a thrilling second half, Cole Palmer's substitute appearance turned heads as he netted a stunning goal in the 77th minute. However, Arsenal managed to equalize deep into stoppage time through a fortunate deflection off Leandro Trossard's shot, catching City's defense off guard.

Mikel Arteta's celebration at the equalizer underscored Arsenal's determination to compete for the league title this season. The Community Shield victory might be a morale boost, but Arsenal understands the arduous journey ahead to secure the Premier League title. Photo by Myself (Singha94), Wikimedia commons.