The 2023 Community Shield, the traditional curtain-raiser for English football, will feature a clash between Manchester City and Arsenal. As the winners of both the Premier League and FA Cup last season, Manchester City would typically face the FA Cup runners-up. However, since City achieved a historic Treble, Arsenal, the team that finished second in the league, will take their place.
This highly anticipated match between the top two teams in the country will be played on Sunday, August 6, at Wembley in London. The kick-off time has been adjusted to 4pm BST to ease travel concerns for City fans. Wembley Stadium, the traditional venue for the Community Shield, returned as the host in 2007 after renovations.
Arsenal holds a strong recent record in the Community Shield, winning it on four occasions in the last decade. Their most recent victory came in 2020 when they defeated Liverpool on penalties. Manchester City, on the other hand, have appeared in five Community Shields during this period, winning twice and losing three times, including their last two outings.
The current holders of the Community Shield are Liverpool, who defeated Manchester City 3-1 in the previous edition. This year’s showdown promises to be a thrilling encounter between two powerhouse clubs, providing an exciting start to the 2023-24 season.