Lacazette starts but Morata benched for Community Shield

The Frenchman has been handed the opportunity to impress for the Gunners, but the Blues' big summer signing has to wait for his. 
 Alexandre Lacazette will lead the line for Arsenal in the Community Shield, but the same cannot be said for Alvaro Morata and Chelsea.
 
The summer signing from Real Madrid has been named among the substitutes by Antonio Conte for the traditional season curtain-raiser at Wembley, with Michy Batshuayi preferred up front.

Morata is joined on the bench by fellow new signing Antonio Rudiger while Cesc Fabregas partners N'Golo Kante in midfield with Tiemoue Bakayoko still nursing a knee injury.

The Gunners, meanwhile, are without both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, with Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi supporting Lacazette in a front three.

Arsenal's other summer signing, Sead Kolasinac, is only a substitute, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain selected on the left-hand side.

Big expectations come with big transfer fees and Arsenal £52 million outlay for Alexandre Lacazette means there is one French striker feeling the pressure this season.

"He has shown over a number of years that he can score goals and that he is a very efficient finisher, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said shortly after Lacazette joined the club.

The 26-year-old signed for the Gunners from Lyon on a five-year contract and his huge price tag beats the club's previous transfer record of 42.5m for Mesut Ozil. It is a signing which Wenger has targeted for the last couple of seasons and the Frenchman is convinced that Lacazette can become Arsenal's goal poacher - a unique quality previously lacking from the frontline.

Lacazette will wear the No.9 shirt at Arsenal and while its never worth reading too much into shirt numbers and the relative success which comes with them, the forward can take some courage from the fact his predecessors have hardly set Emirates Stadium alight. Jose Antonio Reyes, Park Chu-Young and Lukas Podolski are some of the names to have worn the shirt and while none of them were prolific, many Arsenal fans will be delighted in the significance of a natural No.9 being handed the correct shirt number.

Arsenal have needed a natural goalscorer since Ian Wright and now theyve got one,former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson recently told Betnumbers

Interestingly, when comparing Lacazette with Chelseas new striking addition Alvaro Morata, both players have the same expected goals ratio, meaning their average chance is of the same quality. These so far have been non-penalty figures because Lacazette was a low volume shooter at Lyon, reitirating that the quality of players around him weren't as good as what Morata had at Real Madrid.

Arsenal XI: Cech; Holding, Mertesacker, Monreal; Bellerin, Elneny, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Welbeck, Lacazette, Iwobi.

Subs: Ospina, Kolasinac, Willock, Nelson, Maitland-Niles, Walcott, Giroud.

Chelsea XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Batshuayi, Pedro.

Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Christensen, Scott, Boga, Musonda, Morata.

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