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Community Shield: Impressive Arsenal sweep past Manchester City

Arsenal inflicted a 3-0 defeat on Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City to lift the FA Community Shield at Wembley.

Back at the scene of their FA Cup triumph, the Gunners tore into a lacklustre City side – which saw Willy Caballero start in goal ahead of Joe Hart – and were in control by half-time through well-worked goals from Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey, whose extra-time winner had beaten Hull on 17 May to end a nine-season trophy drought.

Substitute Olivier Giroud cracked home a third goal from 25 yards on the hour as City were subdued, but both rival managers Manuel Pellegrini and Arsene Wenger will know full well much sterner tests lie ahead before they hand out the honours again in nine months’ time.

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