FA Community Shield 2014: Form Guide for Arsenal vs. Manchester City

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistAugust 10, 2014

Arsenal's Yaya Sanogo celebrates scoring his fourth goal during the Emirates Cup soccer match between between Arsenal and Benfica at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in London, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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Premier League champions Manchester City will face FA Cup winners Arsenal on Sunday for the 2014 Community Shield.

The two giants of English football are currently gearing up for their 2014-15 campaigns, and with less than a week to go until the season gets underway, the game will give some indication as to how their summer progress is going.

Compared to other competitions, the Community Shield doesn't garner quite as much respect in the annual calendar, but a meeting of such powerhouses always makes for an entertaining affair, with each teams' form guide detailed ahead.


Form Guide


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For the third tournament in succession, Arsenal were unable to win the Emirates Cup in their own backyard, with Valencia instead leaving north London with a minor trophy in tow.

The Gunners lost 1-0 to Monaco on the second day of proceedings, a disappointing result considering how impressive Arsene Wenger's men were in their 5-1 drubbing of Benfica on Day 1.

Following their loss to the Ligue 1 outfit, Wenger was quoted by the Independent as saying fitness was one particular aspect his side needed to work on:

Arsenal will be hoping any stamina issues have been overcome for the test of Manchester City, with Manuel Pellegrini boasting a depth that allows him to account for numerous elite options in just about every position.

Wenger's pre-season has been finely split on the whole, a record of two wins and two losses, the other defeat coming against the New York Red Bulls, also by a 1-0 scoreline.


Manchester City

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Manchester City's trip to the United State could have gone better for the reigning Premier League champions, who have lost their last two games on the bounce, although both defeats came via penalties.

Olympiacos and Liverpool each got the better of Pellegrini's side after they began the International Champions Cup in such bright fashion, mauling Milan 5-1.

The one positive from all these results is that City have at least scored at least twice in each outing, with City's other pre-season victories coming against Hearts and Sporting Kansas City.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 2: Joe Hart #1 of Manchester City looks on during the International Champions Cup match against the Olympiacos on August 2, 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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That was all after the club's youngsters began summer preparations with a 2-0 defeat at Dundee, making for a total summer record of three wins and three losses—although two of those losses finished the 90 minutes as draws.

To say the least, it's been a mixed bag for Pellegrini this pre-season, with no clean sheets to speak of.

The Gunners can therefore hope to at least leave their mark on the champions in what promises to be an open and engaging clash of the titans.