THE NOTEBOOK: Haaland's Community shield curse continues

THE NOTEBOOK: Erling Haaland’s curse continues, Mikel Arteta’s tactical switches keep his stars on their toes, and the Jeff Astle Foundation benefits from funds raised

  • Arsenal beat Man City 4-1 on penalties after a 1-1 stalemate in normal time
  • Mikel Arteta likes to keep his players on their toes with tactical switches
  • Meanwhile, Erling Haaland’s Community Shield hoodoo dragged on  

Arsenal claimed their first silverware in three years thanks to a penalty shootout victory over Manchester City in the FA Community Shield final. 

Cole Palmer had given City a late lead with a wondrous strike before Leandro Trossard netted in the 11th minute of added time, setting up the shootout which the Gunners won 4-1. 

From the jaws of defeat, Mikel Arteta had snatched a sweet victory over his old mentor, Pep Guardiola, and showed the Premier League what his side are all about with the season curtain-raiser just days away. Try telling them this was just a friendly. 

We were given a glimpse into the punitive crackdown of the coming campaign, with referees set to clamp down on time-wasting and dissent. Several players were in Stuart Attwell’s book under these new measures and even Arteta was shown a yellow for dissent. 

Here are some of the aspects of the final you may have missed.

Arsenal lifted the Community Shield trophy after beating Manchester City on penalties

Mikel Arteta got one up over old mentor Pep Guardiola – some revenge for the Premier League 

The Jeff Astle Foundation was a worthy beneficiary of the charity funds generated. 

The ex-England forward died of early onset dementia in 2002 aged 59. 

After the fight his widow, Laraine, and daughter, Dawn, have gone through to get football to address this great problem, it was apt.

Leandro Trossard’s goal was the first scored by any current Arsenal player at Wembley. 

The Gunners’ previous five goals at the ground had all been netted by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Leandro Trossard scored a 101st-minute equaliser to send the game to penalties

Mikel Arteta’s chess game forever keeps his stars on their toes.

After starting Eddie Nketiah last week against Monaco with the captain’s armband for the first time, he arguably seemed a shoo-in for this match. 

But no, the Arsenal manager went for Kai Havertz as a false nine — a position he occasionally played at Chelsea. No player’s spot is safe under the Spaniard.

How refreshing that the FA actually listened to the supporters.

Kick-off had originally been planned for 5.30pm, but following concerns raised by fans over potential public transport issues, it was brought forward to 4pm. 

A good move, and hopefully a continued trend in taking feedback from the public on board.

Referee Stuart Attwell gave Arteta a yellow card for dissent in a sign of the crackdown to come

The refereeing body PGMOL warned clubs ahead of the season of a clamp down on manager touchline antics. 

Here, Arteta was issued with a yellow card for furiously gesturing at referee Stuart Attwell when Rodri dragged Havertz back on a counter-attack.

 A rather timely reminder before the Premier League’s opening weekend.

Erling Haaland’s sour relationship with the Community Shield continued.

Last season against Liverpool, the striker missed two golden chances as City lost 3-1. 

Against Arsenal? He didn’t register a single shot — and was substituted after 64 minutes.

Erling Haaland was substituted after 64 minutes having failed to register a single shot 

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