It was probably fitting that an empty-feeling, at times impressively intense Community Shield should finish with a penalty shootout. An even game had finished 1-1 after 90 energetic minutes. At which point it was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, current king of Wembley, who scored the winning penalty, ensuring the first trophy of the new season went to Arsenal, who also won the last trophy of the old one.

Rhian Brewster was the only player to miss in the shootout, having only just arrived on the pitch, spanking the ball a little wildly on to the bar. In truth neither team had really looked ready to win this game, although there were intriguing subplots. Arsenal’s impressive counterattacking reorganisation under Mikel Arteta continued. And Takumi Minamino not only scored his first goal for Liverpool, but dropped deep and found some unusual attacking spaces in the second half.

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