Rodney Marsh’s Arsenal claim based on Community Shield display

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Arsenal were solid throughout as they beat Chelsea 1-0 in the Community Shield on Sunday.

Former Manchester City player Rodney Marsh believes that Arsenal will finish above Chelsea this season, based on their performance in the Community Shield victory over the Blues.

The Gunners triumphed in Sunday’s final 1-0 due to a wonderful effort from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain midway through the first half, a strike which left shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois clutching at air.

Yet in spite of their attacking talent, it was Arsene Wenger’s defensive display which was most impressive, seeing off Chelsea pressure with relative ease and remaining tactically switched on.

It was an Arsenal performance very much reminiscent of a Jose Mourinho side when facing their nearest challengers – compact, tactically aware and intelligent both in and out of possession.

As such, it has thrown up a lively debate among Premier League observers ahead of the new campaign and former City player Rodney Marsh believes this could be the North London outfit's year.

Over the past eight months, the Gunners have seen off Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City in big-game clashes, a superb record previously unknown to them.

Over the years, Wenger and his side have been bashed for their naivety against their nearest challengers, with losses such as the 6-3 one at Manchester City heavily criticised.

Such days, however, now appear long gone and considering Jack Wilshere and Alexis Sanchez were also missing on Sunday, the club’s supporters have every right to feel optimistic for the season ahead.

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