A red-card for Pedro flipped the Community Shield on its head as Arsenal came from a goal behind to beat Chelsea on penalties at Wembley on Sunday.
- Arsenal 1 Chelsea 1
- Moses opens scoring
- Pedro sent off
- Kolasinac levels
- Gunners win shootout
The match was a nervy affair with both sides clearly still in the process of shaking off the pre-season cobwebs and not looking nearly as fluent as they did last season.
Arsenal's defence was caught completely off-guard seconds into the second half and allowed Victor Moses to nip in and open the scoring.
Pedro was sent off with 10 minutes remaining on the clock and Arsenal leveled the score through Sead Kolasinac through the resulting free kick before they went on to win the match via a penalty shootout.
The Gunners looked the stronger of the two sides early on with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, in particular, looking dangerous charging down the left flank.
However, in truth, it was abundantly clear that neither side were at their best with chances coming few and far between.
Danny Welbeck's weak header, that was easily saved by Thibaut Courtois and Alex Iwobi's low driven shot, that was well saved by the Belgian stopper, were the only notable chances inside the opening 20 minutes.
The Arsenal fans will also be delighted with the early signs from Alexandre Lacazette, who looked lively and dangerous but was unfortunately unable to hit the back of the net.
His best chance came around the 25 minute mark, after he was played in by Danny Welbeck, when he tried to curl a snap-shot around Courtois and had the keeper beaten but unlucky saw the ball come back off the post.
Pedro looked menacing on the left wing for Chelsea and had their best chance of the first half when he forced a smart save out of Petr Cech 35 minutes into the game.
The Blues looked much better after the break and pounced on some lazy defending by the Gunners seconds after the restart.
A poor defensive clearance was headed back into the box by Gary Cahill and not a single defender moved towards the ball. Moses took full advantage, nipping in to blast the ball past Cech and open the scoring.
After being one of the few positives for Chelsea in the first half, Pedro turned into the villain for the Blues with 10 minutes left on the clock when he earned himself a straight red card for an horrendous challenge on Granit Xhaka.
To add insult to injury, the Swiss midfielder delivered the resulting free kick onto the head of Kolasinac, who glanced it past a disparing Courtois to bring the Gunners level at 1-1.
Pedro's major lapse in judgement came to full fruition as the match was decided by a penalty shootout where misses from Courtois and Alvaro Morata allowed Arsenal to claim the first piece of silverware for the season.