Arsenal lift Community Shield
Arsenal delivered a rousing demonstration of their Premier League title credentials by overwhelming league champions Manchester City 3-0 in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.
Buoyed by last season's FA Cup success over Hull City, Arsene Wenger's side took charge with first-half goals from Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey before substitute Olivier Giroud added a glorious long-range third.
Victory in the traditional season curtain-raiser -- which witnessed the first use of vanishing spray in English football -- suggests Arsenal are in fine fettle ahead of their opening league fixture at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Arsenal made an assured start on their return to Wembley, with new signing Mathieu Debuchy obliging Gael Clichy to head a cross clear.
Debuchy then blocked a shot by Samir Nasri -- lustily booed by the fans of his former club -- at the other end, before Cazorla gave Arsenal the lead in the 21st minute.
Jack Wilshere was felled on the edge of the box by Dedryck Boyata, but play continued and the ball ran to Cazorla, who threw Clichy off-balance with a clever feint before drilling home left-footed.
From Sanchez's sweeping through ball, Yaya Sanogo played a pass inside that was slightly behind Ramsey, but the Welshman checked his run and smartly chipped the ball on before drilling a shot into the bottom-left corner.
Jovetic twice threatened to halve Arsenal's lead, heading against the post and blazing the rebound over before seeing a rasping 15-yard shot blocked by Wojciech Szczesny.
But Giroud put the game to bed on the hour, gathering the ball in the inside-right channel and launching a superb, dipping strike from 25 yards that plunged beneath the crossbar.