The traditional opening match of the England football season will be available to watch live online Sunday as Arsenal faces Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in the annual FA Community Shield match, pitting the previous season’s FA Cup winner against the Barclays Premier League champions. But while the Community Shield is often little more than a glorified friendly, there will be nothing friendly about this year’s match.
The 2015 FA Community Shield pits two of the best managers in the game — who also happen to share perhaps the most heated managerial rivalry in world football — against each other for the 15th time in their careers. But 65-year-old Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger has never defeated a team managed by his 52-year-old counterpart Jose Mourinho.
To watch the Arsenal vs. Chelsea FA Community Shield showdown live online, see the streaming links in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff at London’s famed Wembley Stadium is scheduled for 3 p.m. local time. United States viewers can log on to watch live online at 10 a.m. Eastern Time, 7 a.m. Pacific.
In addition to the rivalry between the two managers, Arsenal in the offseason poached Chelsea’s longtime goalkeeper Petr Cech, who had lost his starting job under Mourinho to Belgian international Thibaut Courtois.
After years of dismissively taunting Wenger, Mourinho is singing a different tune about his arch-rival’s squad heading into this season, admitting that Arsenal poses a real challenge to unseat defending Premier League champions Chelsea in 2015-2016.
“Get a calculator. That is one of the easiest things to do. It leaves no space for speculation. If you want to be honest, objective and pragmatic it is the easiest job for a manager or a journalist to do,” Mourinho said this week.
“If you put [Mesut] Ozil plus Alexis Sanchez, plus [Calum] Chambers, plus [Mathieu] Debuchy, you will find a surprise. It’s a fantastic squad with good players, fantastic goalkeeper, they are more than ready to be a title contender,” Mourinho continued.
Of course, since 2012, Arsenal has spent $143 million on players, while Chelsea has spent $132.5 million — not a big difference when comparing elite teams. But in the 10 years before 2012, Chelsea spent over $804 million, compared to a relatively paltry $74.2 million for Arsenal.
Will Arsene Wenger score his first victory in 15 tries against a team led by “Special One” Jose Mourinho? Or will the Chelsea manager continue his dominance over the longtime Arsenal boss? To find out, watch the FA Community Shield, Arsenal Vs. Chelsea, live online from Wembley Stadium by visiting Fox Sports Go at this link, or by paying for a subscription to Fox Soccer2Go, available at this link.
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