Arsenal vs Manchester City: Arsene Wenger happy with 'positive platform' but admits the work starts here after Community Shield win

Wenger watched his side claim the first piece of silverware this season after a comfortable 3-0 win over Manchester City

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels his side can head into the new Barclays Premier League season with cautious optimism after dismantling defending champions Manchester City 3-0 in the Community Shield at Wembley.

Back at the scene of their FA Cup triumph, the Gunners tore into a lacklustre City side - which saw Willy Caballero start in goal ahead of England's Joe Hart, and with several other first-choice players missing.

Arsenal were in control by half-time through well-worked goals from Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey, whose extra-time winner had beaten Hull on May 17 to end a nine-season trophy drought.

Substitute Olivier Giroud cracked home a third goal from 25 yards on the hour as City were subdued, with the goal earning the France forward the Man of the Match award.

While Wenger of course accepts much sterner tests lie ahead, he believes Arsenal - with £30million Chile forward Alexis Sanchez one of three new summer signings on display at Wembley - are in good shape ahead of next weekend's league opener against Crystal Palace.

 

"I have more attacking options than I had for a long time - that's for sure. Three, four, five years ago, every year we lost a big player. In the last two years, we added players like (Mesut) Ozil and this season Alexis, so of course that strengthens the squad," the Gunners boss said.

"I am of course very ambitious, but I am a bit cautious because I have quite a good experience.

"I look around and see the other teams have strengthened as well so it will be interesting to watch the Premier League because it looks like all the big teams will be very strong."

Read more: Arsenal 3 Manchester City 0 match report
Arsenal 3 Manchester City 0 - As it happened
Mikel Arteta confirmed as new Arsenal captain

City certainly did not look like contenders on Sunday, as manager Manuel Pellegrini put out a shadow side, which did not include any Englishman, although £12million Brazilian midfielder Fernando started.

Bacary Sagna watched from the stands against his old club as did former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, signed on loan from New York City FC, while the other players involved in the knockout stages of the World Cup are set to come into contention ahead of their Premier League opener at Newcastle next weekend.

Despite all of those factors, Wenger feels his team, which will be further boosted by the return of their triumphant German trio, are moving in the right direction following a second trophy in the space of 85 days.

"To win the Community Shield gives us a positive platform to prepare, but now the Premier League starts and we have to start well," he said.

"We know that last season we were very consistent against the teams outside the top six and not consistent against the top six teams. The year before it was reversed, so let's hope that this year it will be right on both sides."

Wenger will try to bring in another defender after allowing former captain Thomas Vermaelen to leave for the chance of regular football at Barcelona.

Veteran Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta has been appointed the new club skipper.

The 32-year-old is confident for the challenges ahead.

He said: "This year, we can do something different. The players in the squad are top, top players and we are ready for a fight."

PA

Suggested Topics
News
newsAnother week, another dress controversy on the internet
Life and Style
Scientist have developed a test which predicts whether you'll live for another ten years
health
Life and Style
Marie had fake ID, in the name of Johanna Koch, after she evaded capture by the Nazis in wartime Berlin
historyOne woman's secret life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
News
news... and what your reaction to the creatures above says about you
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn