While the Community Shield has often been used as another warm-up encounter ahead of the Premier League's opening weekend, rivals Arsenal and Chelsea will no doubt want to emerge victorious this weekend.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has a notoriously poor record against Jose Mourinho’s sides, but one has to say this is arguably his best chance yet at breaking his winless run against the Portuguese tactician
Petr Cech plus back four:
Regular centre-backs Per Mertsesacker and Laurent Koscielny pose height, strength and pace up against expected Chelsea striker Diego Costa, though the key positions will be the full-backs.
Hector Bellerin’s pace is ideal up against last season’s PFA Player of the Year Eden Hazard, while the experience of Nacho Monreal on other side should give him the nod over Kieran Gibbs.
While Aaron Ramsey has publicly spoken of his desire to play in central midfield, the Wales international is going to have a tough time in replacing Spanish ace Santi Cazorla.
The former Malaga man is the Gunners’ heartbeat, he ticks things over nicely and helps the North Londoners to control proceedings with his excellent ball retention and creativity from deep.
Francis Coquelin is a sure fire starter in the defensive midfield position, his inclusion vitally important with Chelsea duo Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic looking to take control of the midfield.
With Alexis Sanchez still recovering from his Copa America success, it’s very much an open field for the attacking quartet, with Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere also in contention.
However, Olivier Giroud is the focal point of the team and against such difficult opposition, he has to be in there for his ability to link-up with his fellow attackers and cause a physical nuisance.
Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey offer a perfect blend of pace, guile, creativity and diligence, but most importantly a real goal threat – a vital attribute when facing the best back five in England.
With the majority of the squad showing they are up to fitness with a series of strong efforts in the Emirates Cup, there is no reason why they cannot go into the Chelsea clash expecting to come out with silverware.