Mikel Arteta knows an early season victory over their rivals could serve as a psychological advantage
Arsenal will be at Wembley this weekend courtesy of finishing runners-up to City, who won both the Premier League and FA Cup as part of last season’s historic Treble, overhauling the Gunners in the title race and eliminating them in the fourth round.
A week before the 2023-24 EPL season gets underway, Manchester City and Arsenal are set to clash in the annual FA Community Shield for the chance to win a trophy and start the new year with momentum.
Usually a fixture between the league winners and FA Cup winners, Manchester City will play Arsenal because the Citizens completed a historic treble in 2022-23. City, guided by manager Pep Guardiola, won the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League all in one season, becoming just the second club in English football history to do so.
Their opponents, then, are Arsenal. The Gunners, led by young manager Mikel Arteta, surged to the top of the Premier League in stunning fashion despite being anchored by a young core. However, injuries derailed their momentum to end the season, and City pipped the club to first place, bumping them to second.
So, with early bragging rights between two likely league contenders and a trophy on the line, here’s how to watch Manchester City and Arsenal face off in the FA Community Shield on Sunday:
When is the 2023 Community Shield?
The Community Shield between Man City and Arsenal is slated for Sunday, Aug. 6.
What time is the 2023 Community Shield?
Kick-off time for the fixture is set for 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT.
Where is the 2023 Community Shield?
As it usually is every year, Wembley Stadium in London is the neutral venue for 2023.
How to watch the 2023 Community Shield
The game will be exclusively available to watch on ESPN+ (paid subscription) for fans in the United States.
Which team has won the most Community Shields?
Since the competition’s debut in 1908, Manchester United has won the most Community Shields with 17 outright wins.
Arsenal has won it the second-most times with 15 outright wins, the last stemming in 2020. Manchester City has the sixth-most wins with six, with the most recent coming in 2019.
Prediction: this is going to definitely favor Manchester City because they have dominated Arsenal for sometime now.
And also Arsenal may have to fight it out today and break free from that dominance from City and this will even be a confident booster for the Gunners in this coming campaign.
Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal