After a 1-1 draw on Sunday against the triple champions, Arsenal won the Community Shield with a 4-1 triumph in the spot shootout to halt Manchester City’s winning streak.
Leandro Trossard’s severely deflected equalizer 11 minutes into stoppage time at Wembley forced the shootout for Mikel Arteta’s team.
Late in the second half, Cole Palmer’s fantastic curler gave City the lead, but before Fabio Vieira scored the game-winning penalty in the annual Premier League season opener, Kevin De Bruyne and Rodri both missed their opportunities.
Aaron Ramsdale stopped Rodri’s attempt, and De Bruyne missed City’s first penalty kick as Arsenal made all four of their attempts.
Arsenal’s celebrations were much more boisterous than one would expect from a glamour friendly, but their joy highlighted the months of suffering they have undergone since missing a great opportunity to win their first championship since 2004.
The Premier League, Champions League, and FA Cup were all won by City in a single season last year, making them only the second English team to do it.
Arsenal lost the eight-point lead they had at the beginning of April and finished five points behind the champions, earning their fifth Premier League title in six seasons.