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Wenger - Shield won't be a 'friendly'

Arsene Wenger admits that Sunday’s Community Shield against Chelsea “will not be a friendly”.

The Gunners go into the match on a run of four successive victories at Wembley, and having scored 14 goals during pre-season.

Wenger hopes his side will maintain their momentum against the champions, but warned against reading too much into the result.

“We have to accept that every game is decided and judged as definite,” he said. “But you know that in real life it is not like that. The tribunal is out there and will draw conclusions from Sunday.

“But no matter, positive or negative [result], we have to continue our way and focus on ourselves.

“It's a game that is important but it is still preparation. We want to win it and overall it can just give us that little bit more confidence before we go into the season.

“You know, it will not be a friendly as it is like that and it is good like that.”

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