Arsenal, beware! Only one team in TWELVE years have won the Premier League after lifting the Community Shield… the omens aren’t looking good, but finally ending their winless streak against Man City is something to build on for the Gunners
- The Community Shield trophy seems to have cursed English sides recently
- Only one team in 12 years has won the Premier League after lifting the trophy
Arsenal’s triumph in the Community Shield brings the third piece of silverware to North London under Mikel Arteta, but history shows this may not be a good omen for their Premier League title hopes.
While winning the traditional curtain-raiser for the new season against Pep Guardiola’s Treble winning Manchester City team is nothing to sneer at, only one side to win Community Shield has gone on to lift the Premier League in the last 12 years.
Since 2011 only City themselves (in 2018) have followed up this pre-season trophy with a first placed finish at the end of the season.
For some, the competition offers a chance to fill more space in the trophy cabinet but for many others it has also become somewhat of an omen ahead of the Premier League campaign.
So Arteta will be pleased with his side’s 4-1 win on penalties over his former boss Guardiola as he finally ends his poor run of form against City, but he may well be wary of what this means for the season to come.
Arsenal players celebrating their 4-1 win on penalties over City in the Community Shield
The Arsenal boss had previously lost nine successive matches against the current Premier League title holders, with the most recent two losses in the league billed as Arsenal throwing away last season’s title chances.
The Gunners lost 4-1 and 3-1 to City last season but drew 1-1 at Wembley after a 101st-minute Leandro Trossard strike cancelled out Cole Palmer’s excellent second-half finish.
It was Fabio Vieira’s coolly dispatched winning spot kick that gave Arteta only his third victory over Guardiola in 18 games, with all three coming at Wembley.
The Gunners’ boss will be buoyed by the win and his team’s overall performance as he started all three of his summer signings in the final.
Former Ajax defender Jurien Timber started at left-back, with £105m man Declan Rice playing on the left side of the midfield three and German striker Kai Havertz slotting in the false nine position.
Declan Rice wins his second trophy in as many games after securing the Europa Conference League in his final performance for West Ham
A triumphant Mikel Arteta after watching his side beat City for only the third time in 18 games
Since the establishment of the Premier League in 1992, only eight clubs that won the Shield proceeded to become league champions in the same season, the last being City in 2018/19.
The winners of the season-opener did go on to top the pile for four consecutive campaigns between 2007-08 and 2010-11, with Manchester United – once a staple of the Community Shield – clinching the trophy on three occasions.
But since United swept aside Chelsea at Wembley in 2010, only City have followed suit.
The two winners of the Community Shield before Arsenal, Liverpool and Leicester, have finished fifth and ninth in the league the following seasons with Leicester now plying their trade in the Championship.
So, pre-season can often be a red herring and not every team treats the Community Shield as seriously as the likes of Jose Mourinho, who famously counted it when he claimed he won three trophies in his first season at Old Trafford.
Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta won the Community Shield together at Man City in 2018, but it was the Arsenal boss that reigned supreme in 2023
Jose Mourinho counted the Community Shield in his haul of three trophies at United
When has the Community Shield winner won the Premier League?
Community Shield winner Premier League winner
2001-02 Liverpool Arsenal
2002-03 Arsenal Manchester United
2003-04 Manchester United Arsenal
2004-05 Arsenal Chelsea
2005-06 Chelsea Chelsea
2006-07 Liverpool Manchester United
2007-08 Manchester United Manchester United
2008-09 Manchester United Manchester United
2009-10 Chelsea Chelsea
2010-11 Manchester United Manchester United
2011-12 Manchester United Manchester City
2012-13 Manchester City Manchester United
2013-14 Manchester United Manchester City
2014-15 Arsenal Chelsea
2015-16 Arsenal Leicester
2016-17 Manchester United Chelsea
2017-18 Arsenal Manchester City
2018-19 Manchester City Manchester City
2019-20 Manchester City Liverpool
2020-21 Arsenal Manchester City
2021-22 Leicester Manchester City
2022-23 Liverpool Manchester City
2023-24 Arsenal TBC
For Guardiola’s City this was their fifth Community Shield in the last six, winning only two.
While his side soared to a brilliant treble last season, the Community Shield remains City’s Achilles heel.
And no one seems more affected by the competition than Norwegian striker Erling Haaland, who for the second year in a row drew a blank in the final and was substituted in the 64th minute.
However if last season was anything to go by, Haaland romped to the Premier League Golden Boot scoring 36 goals in 35 games and breaking the league record.
A lot can be made of the Community Shield this year, but the real test begins this weekend as the Premier League roars back into live as City take on Burnley and Arsenal face Nottingham Forest.
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