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The traditional season curtain-raiser pitches the bitter London rivals into battle once more at Wembley in a repeat of May’s hugely entertaining FA Cup final.
Arsenal emerged victorious on that occasion, denying Chelsea a famous domestic double as Aaron Ramsey’s late strike secured a 2-1 triumph over the ten-man Blues.
The result provided a positive concluding note in a troubled campaign for the Gunners that saw them miss out on Champions League qualification for the first time in 20 years.
Boss Arsene Wenger signed a new two-year deal in the aftermath, finally bringing to an end the damaging will-he, won’t-he saga that had been hanging over the club for much of the previous few months.
The Frenchman is determined to launch a genuine title assault this term and has already smashed the Gunners’ transfer record to sign striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon in a deal that could rise to £53 million, as well as bringing in defender Sead Kolasinac from Schalke on a free.
But with the futures of star men Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil – both now in the final 12 months of their respective deals – casting a cloud over Arsenal’s recruitment plans, Wenger has a delicate balancing act on his hands in what remains of the summer window.
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Opposite number Antonio Conte has relatively minor issues to contend with by comparison as he looks to build on last season’s stunning Premier League win.
The Italian was reportedly growing frustrated earlier in the summer at Chelsea’s relatively laboured entry into the transfer fold at a time when their rivals were already strengthening.
Being blindsided by Manchester United in their attempts to re-sign Romelu Lukaku, for instance, is unlikely to have gone down well with Conte, who had identified the Belgian as his number one target to replace want-away hitman Diego Costa.
The former Juventus boss is not a man who suffers fools gladly and there was relief in mid-July as he finally signed an improved - if not extended - deal to stay at the club.
Chelsea's recent big-money captures of Roma defender Antonio Rudiger, Monaco midfield dynamo Tiemoue Bakayoko and club-record signing Alvaro Morata have seemingly gone at least some way towards assuaging his concerns.
In truth, the Blues are perhaps just one more Costa-shaped striker and a left wing-back - Juventus' Alex Sandro remains a major target - short of being in rude health as the big kick-off looms.
Will they lay down a marker to Arsenal and the rest of the Premier League contenders by claiming the first silverware of the new campaign?
Make sure you join us live on BT Sport to find out.
Arsenal v Chelsea: Team news
Sanchez only returned to full training on Tuesday following his summer exertions at the Confederations Cup and a recent bout of flu but Wenger revealed that he could be involved at Wembley.
Laurent Koscielny, who missed the FA Cup final after being sent off in Arsenal's last league game against Everton, will be available as the Community Shield does not technically count as a competitive fixture.
Instead, the Frenchman will miss the Premier League clashes with Leicester City and Stoke City as he serves the final two matches of his three-game ban.
However, Francis Coquelin is ruled out with the knee problem he picked up against Benfica in last weekend's Emirates Cup.
Wenger has further doubts over Shkodran Mustafi, who is also only just back from an extended vacation, and Jack Wilshere, who is being nursed back to full fitness after recovering from the leg break that curtailed his loan spell at Bournemouth last term.
Gabriel is back in training after a knee ligament problem sustained against Everton but will not be risked, while long-term absentees Santi Cazorla and Joel Campbell remain out.
Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil both sat out Thursday's open training session at the Emirates Stadium but should be fit to start.
For Chelsea, Morata is expected to start, although it is unclear whether he will be stationed as the main striker.
Michy Batshuayi has made a compelling case for inclusion with his pre-season form in Costa's absence - not least in scoring twice in 3-0 win over Arsenal in China - and he may get the nod up top.
Eden Hazard (ankle) remains on the sidelines, while Bakayoko is still short of match fitness following a knee injury picked up at the tail end of last season.
Pedro is also a major doubt after suffering several fractures to his face in a sickening collision with David Ospina during last month's International Champions Cup clash with the Gunners.
Referee: Bobby Madley
Arsenal v Chelsea: Previous five meetings
|May 17, 2017||FA Cup||Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea||Sanchez, Ramsey; Costa|
|Feb 4, 2017||Premier League||Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal||Alonso, Hazard, Fabregas; Giroud|
|Sep 24, 2016||Premier League||Arsenal 3-0 Chelsea||Sanchez, Walcott, Ozil|
|Jan 24, 2016||Premier League||Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea||Costa|
|Sep 19, 2015||Premier League||Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal||Zouma, Chambers (OG)|
Arsenal v Chelsea: Match odds
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