Arsene Wenger and Arsenal picked up the first silverware of the summer as they beat Arsenal 4-1 on penalties at Wembley.
Goals from Victor Moses and an equalixer from Arsenal substitute Sead Kolasinac meant the teams ended the 90 minutes level. Kolasinac goal came just moments after Chelsea forward Pedro had been shown a straight red card for a tackle on Mohamed Elneny, and Wenger was delighted with his side’s performance.
‘We put ourselves in a difficult position just after half-time, but in the end we produced a performance that we did at the end of last season,’ Arsene Wneger said.
‘We were dominating and I just wondered whether we would come back or not, but I think we always looked dangerous.’
On the impact of summer signings Lacazette and Kolasinac, Wenger added:
‘They looked like they adapt very quickly. Lacazette is getting better every week, Sead was very strong last week and when he came on again he played very well.’
But it was not all good news for Arsenal fans as Wenger announced that neither Mesut Ozil or Aaron Ramsey are likely to be fit for their first league game of the season on Friday at Leicester.
“I left them all out because some are short of preparation like Alexis. Mesut got a kick on his ankle and it’s swollen so he couldn’t play. He couldn’t practise yesterday.
“We’ll see but he has a little chance of playing on Friday night. Aaron Ramsey has a chance of playing but I think he could be short as well with a small calf problem.
Goalkeeper Petr Cech hailed Arsenal’s squad strength as the Gunners beat Chelsea without the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny while Kolasinac had come on as a first-half substitute for the injured Per Mertesacker.
Cech told BT Sport: ‘We were missing a lot of players but it’s great to see that everybody is ready to compete for places in the squad for every game,’ .
‘Sead came in when Per got injured. He had a great game and everyone who came in as a sub helped us keep our quality on the pitch. The most pleasing thing for us is that we showed that we are ready to compete.
‘You could see there was a small margin between both teams in the 90 minutes, but we have got to be pleased with our performance because we did really well and got punished for one bounce in the penalty box.
‘We showed great composure to come back into the game and then it’s penalties and who keeps their cool better.’
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