Arsenal and Chelsea’s Community Shield clash to be brought forward

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger (R) and his players celebrate with the trophy after beating Chelsea in the FA Community Shield football match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in north London on August 2, 2015. Arsenal won the game 1-0. AFP/Glyn Kirk
Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger (R) and his players celebrate with the trophy after beating Chelsea in the FA Community Shield football match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in north London on August 2, 2015. Arsenal won the game 1-0. AFP/Glyn Kirk

The kick-off time for the 2017 Community Shield between Arsenal and Chelsea has been brought forward to accommodate the final of the Women’s European Championships.

The Community Shield between Arsenal and Chelsea was originally scheduled to kick-off at the traditional time of 3pm, but will now kick off an hour earlier at 2pm.

According to Sky Sports, this is to prevent a clash between the Community Shield and the final of the Women’s European Championships currently taking place in the Netherlands. That game will kick-off at 5pm.

The Women’s Euros has drawn in an impressive number of viewers, especially when the England team has been involved. England reached the semi-finals on Sunday after an historic win over France and are now favourites to win the tournament.

Fans will now be able to watch both games without having to worry which one to watch. The Community Shield is a rematch of last season’s FA Cup final, which Arsenal won 2-1 at Wembley.

Their upcomning clash presents Arsenal the chance for revenge on Chelsea who got revenge on Arsenal in a pre-season friendly last month. By some coincidence, the last time these two clubs were involved in the Community Shield was just two years ago.

Arsenal won that game 1-0 and kicked off Jose Moutinho’s meltdown.