The new season begins!
Arsenal vs. Liverpool
The Community Shield is the curtain raiser for the new season usually played a week before the season begins. It is a glorified friendly of sorts but a trophy is up for grabs and it tends to boost the winning teams confidence. Arsenal won the FA Cup by beating Chelsea and so make the Community Shield while Liverpool won the Premier League of course and are involved via that. Liverpool had no post season involvement and have had a week more of pre season compared to Arsenal who did play the FA Cup after the league ended. Arsenal though are the team that have made signings with Saliba coming into the squad and Willian on a free from Chelsea. Willian probably won’t feature for this game but Saliba should be available. Liverpool have made no signings either but have brought in some academy graduates into the team who have made an impact while Rhian Brewster has been firing in pre-season. Arsenal have played on friendly against MK Dons which they won 1-4 while Liverpool have played two friendlies beating Stuttgart 0-3, and drawing against Red Bull Salzburg 2-2. Liverpool probably have more of their stars available and should win this game although Arteta has shown that he can beat the big teams. An entertaining game ahead.
Ligue 1 MW 2
Ligue 1 started last weekend but it was lost in the fan fair of the Champions League and Europa League finals. Lyon play their first game of the season as they entertain Dijon who lost last weekend. Lille visit Reims as both teams drew their games last weekend. Monaco drew their game last weekend as well as they visit Metz who will be playing their first game of the season. Marseille travel to Brest to play their first game while Brest lost on the opening day of the season.