We are back at it again as English Football officially returns thirty-three days after the 2019-20 season ended, and just six days after the Champions League final this Saturday.
Arsenal’s domestic season ended on the first day of August with the FA Cup final victory against Chelsea – and kicks back into action at the end of the same month as they meet Premier League champions Liverpool in a mouth-watering encounter.
The clash between the champions and cup winners has been the traditional curtain-raiser to the season in England since it was first staged in 1908. To some, it is no more than a glamorous preseason friendly that tells us little about the season ahead, but for others it is regarded as a trophy worth winning and an opportunity to land an early psychological blow on rivals for the title.
Saturday’s game offers Liverpool the chance to take their haul of silverware to five trophies since winning the Champions League in June 2019, while Arsenal can consolidate their resurgence under Mikel Arteta fuelled by the brilliance of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, after beating Chelsea just over a month ago to claim a record-extending 14th FA Cup.
It will allow Arsenal and Liverpool to enjoy the lingering afterglow of two sparkling successes as they claimed the major domestic prizes in the FA Cup and Premier League as well as a chance to test some of their new signings.
The mood around Arsenal, in the football context, is increasingly buoyant, while Liverpool will see this as a chance to consolidate their place at the top of the Premier League.
What to expect between Liverpool and Arsenal tomorrow
The short gap between the end of last season and the start of this campaign makes Saturday’s game one of the most unpredictable Community Shields. Fitness will be an issue, with managers Jurgen Klopp and Mikel Arteta keen to ensure a good start to the season as well as priming their players for a long season that will see them play almost nonstop until the end of May.
Liverpool will be desperate to maintain their trophy streak by winning the Shield for the first time since 2006, but Arsenal has a strong recent record at Wembley and success for them could boost hopes of a title challenge. With two attack-minded teams, though, we can reasonably expect goals and excitement.
This time round the atmosphere at Wembley, as with the FA Cup final will be serene as it will once again be without fans but the Community Shield still offers the opportunity to put down an early marker for the start of the Premier League season, which starts on Saturday, 12 September.
For football lovers in Uganda, the match will be live on all DStv Packages that is Channels SS3, and SS10 tomorrow at 6:30PM.