Community Shield: FA moves kick-off for Arsenal vs Chelsea

Ruben Hill
August 2, 2017

Arsenal's players are convinced that Alexis Sanchez will force a move away from the club this summer, according to reports.

Sanchez's contract with the north London side expires next summer, meaning he could wind down his deal and move for free 12 months down the line.

The 25-year-old is quoted by the London Evening Standard as saying: "Alexis is a guy with a lot of quality".

'He has a very strong shot, he is quick. He has the technique.

The FA has confirmed that the Community Shield will kick off an hour earlier than scheduled to avoid a clash with the Women's European Championship final.

"So they will miss him but I think they have a lot of players with that quality to replace him".

"I think they have bought a good new striker (Alexandre Lacazette)".

"I'd prefer if he (Sanchez) doesn't play because he is a good player!"

Moses' absence highlights the lack of depth we have in that position, and thus Conte should look to recruit another, more natural option on the right-flank before the transfer window slams shut.

England Ladies have made giant strides in the European Championships this summer, and are now awaiting a semi-final clash with Netherlands Ladies on Thursday, but with the final set to be staged on Sunday at 5PM, the FA have opted to bring the earlier Community Shield clash back an hour.

Arsenal will be keen to avoid a re-enactment of their friendly defeat to the Blues in pre-season, but will have fond memories of having played Chelsea in the FA Cup final there in May.

Sanchez has scored 24 times in 37 games in the Premier League last season to finish as Arsenal's top goal-scorer. "It will be a hard game regardless but I hope for the same outcome as the friendly last week".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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