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Community Shield Preview: Wenger and Mourinho to renew rivalry

first_imgThe English football season returns on Sunday when Premier League champions Chelsea meet FA Cup winners Arsenal in the FA Community Shield at Wembley.The match comes 64 days after the Gunners ended the domestic season with their 4-0 FA Cup win over Aston Villa.Neither side have added significantly to their squads over the summer – though goalkeeper Petr Cech will make his Arsenal debut against his old side.Chelsea could hand a start to new signing Radamel Falcao.Falcao, 29, spent last season with Manchester United but endured a poor campaign, scoring just four goals in 29 games. He signed a season-long loan deal from Monaco earlier this summer, while Chelsea’s only other signing is goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from Stoke.He replaces Cech, 33, who played 494 games in 11 seasons at Stamford Bridge before his £10m move in JuneChelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that striker Diego Costa (hamstring) and defender Gary Cahill (nose) are both fit after pre-season injury concerns.A rivalry renewed: Wenger v MourinhoSunday sees two Premier League giants collide, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hoping to beat a side managed by Jose Mourinho for the first time. Wenger is yet to taste victory against Mourinho in 13 attempts and the two managers have already been involved in one disagreement this summer.Mourinho suggested that Arsenal had spent more money than Chelsea over the last few years, with Wenger responding by saying he “does not listen to what people think or say”.On Friday Mourinho repeated his belief that Arsenal can mount a serious title challenge this season but played down his rivalry with Wenger.He said: “It doesn’t matter about Arsenal, it doesn’t matter about the manager. “I never made it an explosion of happiness or special pride in my victories over Arsenal. I do not make a drama if one day we lose.”In return Wenger light-heartedly suggested the media favour Mourinho: “I’ll leave your love story with him to continue without interfering.”I wouldn’t like to interfere in that.”When challenged that Mourinho believes it is Arsenal who receive preferential treatment, Wenger replied: “So it’s all about love.”Arsenal – who have not scored against Chelsea in over eight hours of play – did win last season’s Community Shield – beating Manchester City 3-0 at Wembley. –last_img

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