Both sides have strengthened considerably in the market and the game will be a big litmus test of their title credentials.
Here’s the match preview, buildup, team news, and more as the Community Shield rings the starting bell for English football’s competitive fixtures at the top level!
Arsenal vs Manchester City preview
Arsenal have transformed their side to the tune of nearly £250 million since they fell agonisingly short of Pep Guardiola’s men in the PL last season.
Declan Rice is the marquee acquisition as Britain’s most costly player, but the likes of Jurrien Timber and Kai Havertz are astute additions too.
Their pre-season went brilliantly, barring a loss to Manchester United. A 5-3 win against FC Barcelona was a highlight in what became a statement performance against a continental rival.
Manchester City, on the other hand, continue whirring along seamlessly as a well-oiled winning machine under Guardiola.
A win against Bayern Munich was followed by a loss to Atletico Madrid which is unlikely to keep Guardiola sleepless.
Predicted Arsenal XI: Ramsdale, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Timber, Partey, Odegaard, Havertz, Saka, Martinelli, Trossard
Manchester City team news
Gvardiol is on his way but till then, it’s an open shootout to partner Ruben Dias at centre-back. Manuel Akanji might win that for this game as his ball-carrying ability and left-footedness will help him evade Arsenal’s press by opening up passing angles.
John Stones and Rodri paired in the middle has resulted in great success for them which should continue here.
Mahrez’s absence would cripple most teams but City have enough firepower to still field a world-class attack. Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva, and Jack Grealish should start behind Erling Haaland.
Predicted Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Akanji, Rodri, Stones, Foden, Silva, Grealish, Haaland, Alvarez
Arsenal vs Manchester City prediction
Community Shield has also been regarded as a glorified friendly, but between these two teams, there is no longer a prospect of a friendly.
Arsenal will be licking their wounds after a failed title race and will be eager to inflict the first blow on their title rivals.
Manchester City are notorious for easing into the season then becoming a juggernaut later on.
Expect Arsenal to topple City here, but it won’t mean much in the longer view of things.
FootTheBall predicts Arsenal 2-1 Manchester City.