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Arsenal Beats Chelsea for the first time in 14 attempts

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates scoring his team’s first goal with Santi Cazorla. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images-
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored the only goal at the Wembley stadium that ensured Arsène Wenger beat José Mourinho for the first time in 14 attempts.

There did not appear to be a handshake between the two managers at the end, though let’s not read too much into that – it is too early for controversy. What a pre-season for Arsenal though – three trophies! Petr Cech celebrates in front of his new fans, and then follows it up with plenty of embracing with his former and current team-mates. “We suffered today, the pitch was not great,” Wenger says on TV. “This is a good basis going into the Championship.”

Arsenal were impressive – especially because they showed a steeliness that has too often been absent from their performances. Chelsea will not be too bothered – they were lacking in attack but as we said a few hours earlier, we will have pretty much forgotten about all of this by Saturday afternoon, 8th of August,when the real action begins.