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Wenger - We proved a point to ourselves

Arsene Wenger believes that Arsenal have overcome a hurdle by beating Chelsea in the Community Shield.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first-half goal settled the tie at Wembley Stadium as the Gunners retained the trophy with a composed performance.

Wenger was pleased with his team’s performance and believes that it has provided a big lift ahead of the new season.

"We know that we can beat them and before we go into the Premier League, that is very important"

Arsene Wenger

“It’s always important because if you lose, people say ‘Chelsea have beaten you again’,” the manager told Arsenal Player.

“To get that hurdle out of the way was important for my team. We know that we can beat them and before we go into the Premier League, that is very important. 

“It’s important that when you have to win and want to win, you win. We have seen some aspects in our team that I’m very pleased with.

“We defended the lead, didn’t want to concede and maybe over-protected our lead a little bit. But we had the best chances.

“It strengthens the belief that we do something right, that we share the same way to see the game. Overall I believe that that comes out of the team - that they are ready to fight for each other. Let’s hope we can keep that in the squad.”

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