Egypt's Elneny wins second title in England as Arsenal beat Chelsea in Community Shield

Ahram Online and Reuters , Sunday 6 Aug 2017

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Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny celebrates after Sead Kolasinac scores their first goal (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt midfielder Mohamed Elneny won his second title with Arsenal after the Gunners beat Chelsea 4-1 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in the English Community Shield on Sunday.

The 25-year-old played the full game and was one of Arsenal's best performers. He could have also scored on 59 minutes when his cross-cum-shot was superbly tipped over by Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois.

Chelsea winger Pedro was dismsissed with 10 minutes remaining for a reckless tackle from behind on Elneny.

Elneny was also part of Arsenal's side that won the FA Cup last season, also at the expense of Chelsea.  

The Egyptian international joined Arsenal in January 2016 from Swiss giants Basel and quickly adapted to life in the elite Premier League.

He was a key member of Arsenal’s side in the second half of the 2015-16 season and his only competitive goal to date was a memorable strike against Barcelona in a UEFA Champions League last-16 clash at the Nou Camp.

However, he only played a bit-part role last season, making 14 league appearances and providing an assist. He also played 5 matches in the Champions League, three in the EFL Cup and two in the FA Cup.

Decisive spot kick 

Olivier Giroud scored the decisive spot kick as Arsenal beat Chelsea 4-1 in a penalty shootout.

After the Premier League and FA Cup winners were locked at 1-1 following an evenly contested 90 minutes, the Frenchman stroked home after Alvaro Morata and Thibaut Courtois missed for Chelsea, in a shootout that trialled the new 'ABBA system'.

Chelsea's Victor Moses opened the scoring when he reacted fastest to smash a loose ball past Petr Cech in the 46th minute before Arsenal substitute Sead Kalasinac equalised in the 82nd minute, heading home to cap an impressive performance.

Chelsea’s Pedro was dismissed for a nasty lunge on Elneny which led to Arsenal's equaliser while Arsene Wenger's side also handed a debut to record signing Alexandre Lacazette.

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