Hey, there’s no arguing with a result. Well, unless it’s the Community Shield and you’re trying to argue that it applies to the upcoming Premier League season. Arsenal might not be as good as Manchester City over the course of the 2014-15 season, and a 3-0 Community Shield win means… well… uhm.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger stressed the importance of winning in his postgame comments, and that’s a coaching point worth making. If you’re playing a game, might as well win. It takes some of the gloss off of winning what we’ll politely call a glorified friendly while keeping the focus on the effort. That’s the best case scenario. It’s probably worth remembering that the Football League had to insist the league and cup winners take part in the old Charity Shield in the early 1970s, so the importance of this game isn’t a new discussion.
“To win today gives us a positive platform to prepare but now the Premier League starts and we have to start well at home because it’s a derby, it’s a very uncomfortable team [we face in Crystal Palace]. It will be a different kind of game as well. Let’s be on our toes and prepare well but it was important to win today.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
- The turf at CenturyLink Field raised a lot of questions on Sunday night’s MLS game on ESPN2. So did having to wait for an Arena League game to finish.
- Does it mean anything in the Premier League if a team wins or loses the Community Shield?
- The Championship, Eredivisie, and Ligue 1 start their 2014-15 seasons in Europe.
- Clint Dempsey trades his jersey for some popcorn following Seattle’s Sunday night win in MLS.
- Deandre Yedlin transfer talk heats up.
Was Caps win a defining moment? – from The Province’s Ed Willes: The Caps, for starters, have a way of creating expectations with some early-season fireworks, then fizzling when the games matter.
Berhalter seeks more accountability from players – from The Columbus Dispatch’s Adam Jardy: After the game, Berhalter said that having “four or five” players put on subpar performances left him flummoxed.
Have Arsenal lost their inferiority complex? – from The London Evening Standard’s James Olley: but it was achieved with a conviction Arsenal rarely replicate against top-level opposition.
Jack Wilshere shines for Arsenal at Wembley but must prove it is not another false dawn – from The Telegraph’s Jeremy Wilson: Even Arsene Wenger, who would never publicly criticise a player, has specifically stressed that this is a “very important” year for his midfielder.
Everton must improve for start of Premier League season and we will, says Roberto Martinez – from The Liverpool Echo’s Greg O’Keefe: and Martinez will demand better in training and a behind closed doors final friendly this week.
Do Celtic deserve to progress past Legia Warsaw in the Champions League? – from The Guardian’s Paul Campbell: Legia broke the rules, albeit accidentally, but the punishment does not seem to fit the crime.
Why doing the right thing over Legia might be in Celtic’s long-term interests – from Inside World Football’s David Owen: in this particular case, the punishment seems disproportionate given the circumstances of the tie.
Serie B back to 22 clubs – from Football Italia: However, Novara, who were relegated from Serie B last term, today won an appeal for the League to be enlarged to 22 clubs once again.
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