Stuart Pearce: What winning the Community Shield would mean for Arsenal

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Former England under-21 boss Stuart Pearce has stressed the importance for Arsenal in beating Chelsea this weekend.

Former England under-21 manager Stuart Pearce told talkSPORT that he feels Arsenal defeating Chelsea in the Community Shield this weekend, would give everyone at the North London club a massive lift.

Arsenal probably go into the game as the slight underdogs considering Chelsea are the Premier League champions and considering the fact that Arsene Wenger doesn’t have a good record against Jose Mourinho.

Pearce claims that it’s the first time he’s looked at the Premier League curtain raiser with the feeling that there’s more riding on the situation than the chance to win some silverware.

“I think it would give them a massive lift. People are pointing towards Arsenal and saying they’ve developed that much, are they going to challenge for the title this year?” he told talkSPORT.

“It’s the closest they’ve been for a number of years – It’s probably the first time I’ve looked at this match (the Community Shield) and though it’s a bigger game than normal.”

A chance for Arsenal to prove a point

Arsenal can send out a message if they secure an impressive victory.

There is a valid argument to suggest that Arsenal have underspent this summer in terms of improving their squad and this is a good chance for the team to show off the quality they already possess.

It’s also a situation where Arsene Wenger can get a psychological boost out of the situation, if he outwits Jose Mourinho from a tactical point of view.

If Wenger and Arsenal can show that they have the measure of Chelsea before the Premier League begins, it could possibly make the Blues’ title defence just that little bit twitchier.

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