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Chelsea players during a training session ahead of the Community Shield match against ArsenalReuters

Arsene Wenger vs Jose Mourinho with a dab of Petr Cech added into the contest – Arsenal vs Chelsea promises to be a humdinger of a Community Shield encounter; friendly match or not; it matters or it doesn't matter.

Enough has been written and said of Wenger's I-just-cannot-beat-him run against Mourinho, and even if the Frenchman finally breaks that record of his, there will still be plenty to do to prove that this Arsenal side are made for the marathon, rather than the first-half-of-the-season-or-second-half-of-the-season-but-never-the-whole-season sprint.

"The expectations are very high and that is understandable because you cannot win the FA Cup and finish third in the league and then say 'Look, next year we want to do nothing,'" Wenger said.

"People expect a lot from us and it is the first time for a long time we have all had confidence in our environment. Before, we always lost big players and then you would quickly question us. The ingredients are there but I am long enough in the job to know we have to prove that with points.

"So I am confident because we have played well, but I am realistic as well. You know when the competition starts it's a different game and you have to transform your performance into points.

"We have a good stability to our squad. So there are positive ingredients there. We have no injuries at the moment, touch wood, so there is no reason why we should be panicking at the moment."

Chelsea will start this Community Shield as the favoured team, while they remain favourites to retain their Premier League title as well.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Santi Cazorla Gabriel Arsenal
Arsenal will want to start their season in the best possible manner with a win over Chelsea in the Community ShieldReuters

Mourinho, like Wenger, has not made too many moves in the transfer market, with the stability of his outstanding, quality players more than enough to see them through.

One new recruit, though, who will be desperate to make an impression this season will be Radamel Falcao, with Chelsea bringing the striker on loan from Monaco, after Manchester United decided against signing the Colombia international.

A strong start in the Community Shield, even if only as a substitute, could be the start of a beautiful friendship between Falcao and Chelsea.

"I'm very happy with his first week. I like him a lot as a player," Mourinho said of Falcao. "The team play very well with a striker of his quality. He's not just a guy that can score a goal, he can also contribute a lot to the quality of the game.

"I was not expecting him to come here, play 20 minutes against Barcelona and score three goals. I was waiting for his determination to work, to help the team and to understand the way we play football. For the moment we are happy."

How happy Mourinho will be at the end of 90 minutes, remains to be seen.

Where to Watch Live

Watch Video of Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho's handshake snub HERE

Get Jose Mourinho's Comments on the match HERE

Get the Highlights of the Match, including the stunning Oxlade-Chamberlain goal HERE

Chelsea vs Arsenal is scheduled for a 7.30 pm IST (3 pm BST, 10 am ET) start with live coverage in India on Sony Kix. The Community Shield match can also be watched via live streaming online on Livsports.

Viewers in the UK can watch the match live on BT Sport, while the live stream option is on Watch BT Sport. BBC Radio 5 Live is the channel to tune into to listen to the Arsenal vs Chelsea match live.

Audience watching the Community Shield game in the UK can catch it on Fox Sports, while the game can also be live streamed on FoxSoccer2Go.

Viewers in the Middle East, North Africa and Australia can watch Chelsea vs Arsenal live on Bein Sports and Bein Sports Connect.

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