Arsenal vs Liverpool | Community Shield LIVE!

Less than a month after the 2019/20 domestic season drew to a close, the curtain raises on a new campaign today as Arsenal and Liverpool collide in the Community Shield at Wembley Stadium.

Premier League champions Liverpool are here for the second successive year following a 2019 defeat by Man City, while Mikel Arteta’s Gunners have less than a week of training under their belts.

Liverpool started brightly, but Pierre-Emerick Aubayemang’s superb opening goal gave Arsenal a deserved 1-0 lead by half-time – and it could have been more had Eddie Nketiah taken his chances.

Takumi Minamino levelled after the break, and neither side could find a winner in normal time – which meant a penalty shootout…

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Date, time and venue

Arsenal vs Liverpool is scheduled for a 4:30pm BST kick-off this afternoon.

The match will be played behind closed doors at Wembley with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.

How to watch

TV channel: The match will be televised live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage starting from 4pm.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.

Team news

Arsenal XI: Martinez, Luiz, Holding, Tierney, Maitland-Niles, Bellerin, Xhaka, Elneny, Saka, Aubameyang, Nketiah

Subs: Leno, Cedric, Saliba, Kolasinac, Olayinka, Willock, Nelson, Smith Rowe, John-Jules

Liverpool XI: Alisson; Robertson, van Dijk, Gomez, N Williams; Wijnaldum, Milner, Fabinho; Mané, Firmino, Salah.

Subs: Adrian, Tsimikas, Keita, Grujic, Jones, Minamino, Elliott, Koumetio, Brewster

Prediction: Arsenal 1-2 Liverpool

Arsenal’s FA Cup triumph at the beginning of August further cemented their status as Wembley specialists. The Gunners also beat Liverpool in the last meeting between the two sides, with blunders from Van Dijk and Alisson Becker ending Liverpool’s hopes of equalling or surpassing Manchester City’s record Premier League points haul in July.

The Community Shield’s reputation as a glorified friendly rather than an ultra-competitive final has only increased over recent years, and that is likely to be the case more than ever here with both managers eager not to overburden their key stars with a busy campaign following hot on the heels of the last.

Still, it should be an enjoyable occasion nevertheless, with Liverpool just shading it to claim their first success in this fixture since 2006, when Peter Crouch and John Arne Riise both netted in a 2-1 win over Chelsea.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

These two giants of English football have met 229 times across all competitions over the years, with Liverpool boasting 10 more wins, 89 to 79.

There have been 61 draws.

Although they lost at the Emirates in July, Klopp’s men did brush aside Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield last August before also triumphing on penalties two months later following a 10-goal Carabao Cup fourth-round thriller on Merseyside.

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