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Arsenal receive bad news ahead of Community Shield match against Man City

Arsenal will face Manchester City in this year’s edition of the Community Shield and the gunners have received bad news ahead of this important match.



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Arsenal have been dealt a blow ahead of their highly anticipated Community Shield match against Manchester City, as three key players have been ruled out due to injury. Declan Rice, Oleksandr Zinchenko, and Folarin Balogun all missed Arsenal’s final game in the United States against Barcelona this week and will face late fitness tests to determine their availability for the game at Wembley on Sunday.

The absence of these first-team players is certainly a setback for Arsenal, who were hoping to start the season on a positive note against the reigning Premier League champions. However, despite their absence, Arsenal managed to produce an impressive display in Los Angeles, ending their pre-season tour of the United States with a resounding 5-3 victory over Barcelona.

The Community Shield match holds significant importance as it pits the winners of the previous season’s Premier League against the winners of the FA Cup. In this case, Manchester City claimed both titles last season, securing their place in the prestigious fixture. Meanwhile, Arsenal finished second on the Premier League table, earning them a spot in this highly anticipated clash.

The absence of Rice, Zinchenko, and Balogun will undoubtedly be felt by Arsenal. Declan Rice is Arsenal’s marquee signing and so they will hope he is available for the game.

Oleksandr Zinchenko’s absence is also concerning for Arsenal. The Ukrainian full-back has been an integral part of their defensive setup and his absence could leave them vulnerable at the back. Folarin Balogun’s injury is another blow for Arsenal as he was impressive last season while out on loan.

However, despite these setbacks, Arsenal can take solace in their impressive performance against Barcelona. The victory showcased their attacking prowess and ability to score goals, which will undoubtedly boost their confidence heading into the Community Shield match.

Manager Mikel Arteta will now have to assess his options and make necessary adjustments to ensure Arsenal can compete against Manchester City. The Community Shield match serves as an important opportunity for Arsenal to make a statement and lay down a marker for the upcoming season.

While the absence of Rice, Zinchenko, and Balogun is unfortunate, it also presents an opportunity for other players to step up and prove their worth. This could be a chance for some of Arsenal’s younger talents to shine on the big stage and stake their claim for regular first-team action.

As the countdown begins for the Community Shield match, Arsenal will be hoping for positive news regarding the fitness of their injured players. Regardless of who takes the field at Wembley, one thing is certain – both teams will be eager to start the season on a winning note and set the tone for what promises to be an exciting campaign ahead.

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