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Revealed: Arsenal v Chelsea playing XI – No Costa, Falcao on Bench, Walcott starts

FA cup champions Arsenal take on the reigning EPL champions Chelsea in season’s curtain raiser – FA Community Shield. Both teams have major absentees from the opening of the new season as Alexis Sanchez and Diego Costa miss this epic clash.

Sanchez, who played in the Copa America tournament, is still nursing himself to full fitness, while Diego Costa is fighting his long-term hamstring injury to be fit in time for the Chelsea’s first match against Swansea at Stamfordbridge.

Venue: Wembley StadiumDate: 2 August, 17:30 IST

Arsenal XI: Petr Cech; Bellerin, Per Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Cazorla; Ramsey, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Walcott.

Chelsea XI:  Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Ramires, Willian, Hazard; Remy

Chelsea Subs:  Begovic, Zouma, Mikel, Oscar, Cuadrado, Moses, Falcao

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