Arsenal points v Liverpool: Aubameyang champion when Arsenal win Community Shield on penalties

Arsenal points v Liverpool: Aubameyang champion when Arsenal win Community Shield on penalties

 Arsenal won the FA Shield on Saturday in penalties over Liverpool, winning the penalty shootout 5-4 after the match ended in a 1-1 draw. Arsenal put on a clinical display with their attempts, making all five with superb shots, while Ryan Brewster was the only Liverpool player to miss, nodding his shot off the crossbar. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, who scored the opening goal, set the winner at the start of the celebrations.

In regulation, Arsenal scored in the first half and Liverpool tied less than 20 minutes before the end. Aubameyang made it 1-0 for Arsenal after just 12 minutes with a superb shot from the top of the penalty area to the far post, while Takumi Minamino's close-range shot put things even in the 73rd minute.

There was no extra time, with rules stating that the procedure went right in penalties. It was a result ultimately owed to Arsenal, who is riding a wave after their FA Cup Final win over Chelsea earlier this month.

Here are three points from the match:

1. Owned by Aubameyang Wembley

Aubameyang definitely loves to play in the Emirates, but Wembley is now his home far from home. He scored five goals in his last three matches, including two in the FA Cup semi-final and two others in the FA Cup Final, before his goal on Saturday, which came with a celebration of "Wakanda Forever" to honor Chadwick Bosman, who died Friday.

Signing that he is advancing in big matches against big opponents will be the key to success this season for Arsenal, who enter the game with higher expectations thanks to the last month of play.

2. Keep Myland Niles now?

With Ainsley Maitland-Niles linked to a move to Wolves, will he ultimately stay at the club after this? He started, collected all match best performance and looked really sharp. He defended well, was good at getting the ball rolling and was the best player on the field.

According to The Guardian, his potential move is around getting first-team minutes. He probably just got a lot into this game.

3. Liverpool may have to speed up the hunt for Thiago

It's just a great pre-season game, but the Reds' creativity wasn't there. The team lost some lull in the ball, and don't be surprised if this increases the rumors of Thiago Alcantara joining Bayern Munich. He has been tied to the club for a while now. Liverpool made 15 shots, only four in the frame, but they want to avoid overreacting. The truth is that Liverpool have not performed well for a while now, including the end of the Premier League season and Atletico Madrid's loss in the Champions League round of 16. Having a player like Thiago could completely change that team in the final. Third, it's a scary idea for other teams. But it is important to realize that the team did not have key players such as Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson. Chances are, they'll be okay, but there's no doubt that Thiago's addition would be huge.

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