Szczesny, 25, sealed his season-long switch to the Serie A side last month following the arrival of Petr Cech at Arsenal, and the Poland goalkeeper is relishing his opportunity to play for the Giallorossi.
While the Community Shield will be an afterthought by the time the major prizes are handed out in May, Terry is such a driven character that the sight of Arsenal’s players lifting the silverware has added fuel to his competitive fire.
So 12 months on, with optimism once again abounding at the Emirates Stadium following last weekend’s 1-0 win against champions Chelsea in the Community Shield, the anti-climatic aftermath of that victory over City should serve as a cautionary tale.
While the eye-catching Cup final performance showcased Arsenal‘s array of attacking talent, it was the mature way his players defended the lead against the Premier League champions on Sunday that provided most encouragement to Wenger.
Costa was missing here because of the recurring hamstring problems that prematurely ended his involvement last season and if that is going to be a regular issue over the next 10 months Chelsea could be in trouble.
Arsene Wenger discusses his teams performance in their Community Shield tie against Chelsea, claiming that although his team played defensive at times after scoring the first and only goal of the match, they did not abandon their philosophy.
Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao is aware of the demands of English football, having had his first taste of the Premier League last season with Manchester United. “I have to be honest and say that it is a bit of a concern”.
It was the first time in 14 attempts that Wenger had got the upper hand over Mourinho and although he denied it meant anything to him, he said it could give his players a boost. “In my second season we did it and in my third season if you are close, you can always do...