Arsene Wenger will battle the very embodiment of his pet peeve – club’s prepared to spend money in the pursuit of glory – for the first piece of silverware of the new season at Wembley.
His Arsenal side assume underdog status for their second appearance at the national stadium in as many competitive outings when they face Manchester City, who have uncharacteristically stringent in the transfer market so far.
Nevertheless, the Citizens have been attributed 5/4 favouritism for the bout, while their capital-dwelling adversaries are available at 2/1 to add the Community Shield to the FA Cup and Stamina League that they pocketed last season.
Those who think the pair won’t be separated in 90 minutes can get 12/5 about the draw, but both head-to-head stats and previous battles for supremacy between the league and FA Cup winners indicate that extra-time will not be required.
Here are three outcomes that the annals tell us are equally likely to occur:
Over 3.5 goals @ 17/10
Man City have played in two Community Shields this century and both matches finished 3-2.
This pair represents half of the previous four instalments contested between two of the six biggest factions in the modern English game in which at least four strikes have been bagged, while this duo shared 11 goals in their meetings last term.
Arsenal to score the most goals between 75 minutes and full-time @ 33/10
In City’s two Community Shield bouts of modern times they’ve failed to find the net in the closing stages, but there’s typically late drama when two fat cats collide in this fixture.
There’s been six goals registered in the time frame in question in the previous four all big-six affairs and the Citizens’ aversion in the past deems the Gunners the likeliest lads.
They’ve scored three in this period across their latest five duels with the champions.
More goals to be scored in the second half @ evens
This bet rewarded backers in each of the previous four Community Shields contested by the leading sextet of sides in the English game.
Of the 18 accumulated in these games, only three were notched prior to the orange intake.