Had the close season panned out as initially expected, Alexandre Lacazette and Alvaro Morata would not be lining up for Arsenal and Chelsea in Sunday's Community Shield at Wembley.
After 14 years at Lyon, Lacazette decided it was time to move on and was reported to have agreed to join up with his France team-mate Antoine Griezmann at Atletico Madrid.
However, Atletico then had a transfer ban upheld over the signing of foreign minors and with the Madrid club barred from registering new players until January 2018, Arsenal stepped in.
A dead-eyed finisher, the 26-year-old was the top-scoring Frenchman in each of the last three Ligue 1 seasons and left Lyon having scored 113 goals in his last four campaigns.
He cost Arsenal an initial fee of £46.5 million ($60.6 million, 51.6 million euros), making him both Arsenal's biggest ever signing and Lyon's biggest ever sale.
Morata has scored in a Champions League final, netting for Juventus in their 2015 loss to Barcelona, but arrives after a frustrating season as a back-up player at Real Madrid.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed Morata was deterred from joining Spurs two years ago due to his fears about the competition he would face from Harry Kane.
But despite the striker's inability to dislodge Karim Benzema from the Madrid starting XI, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes he can reach the very top.
Arsenal blew Chelsea away with a sensational display, Aaron Ramsey's 79th-minute winner securing a 2-1 win that brought the beleaguered Wenger a record seventh success in the competition.
Will we see a repeat of that performance or will Conte and his men come back to take revenge?
Aug 6, 2017 8:38 pm (IST)
GOAL! Giroud absolutely settles it in the top corner, Courtois shakes his head. That would have been impossible to stop though, so that's it. Arsenal win the Community Shield on penalties!
Aug 6, 2017 8:37 pm (IST)
GOAL! Oxlaide Chamberlain too finds the net with an easy finish..
Aug 6, 2017 8:36 pm (IST)
MISS! Morata too misses it, Cech dives the right way but Morata sends it wide of the post.
Aug 6, 2017 8:36 pm (IST)
MISS! Courtois steps up, and he blazes it over the bar. Conte looks down.
Aug 6, 2017 8:35 pm (IST)
GOAL! Monreal also maintains his calm, again Courtois goes the wrong way.
Aug 6, 2017 8:33 pm (IST)
GOAL! Walcott too absolutely smashes it in the top corner, Courtois goes the wrong way, and even if he would have dived right he wouldn't have stopped it.
Aug 6, 2017 8:33 pm (IST)
GOAL! Cahill finds the net, sending Cech the wrong way. Finding the top corner easily..Walcott stepping up now..
Aug 6, 2017 8:32 pm (IST)
Chelsea will take the first penalty here, Gary Cahill stepping up..
Aug 6, 2017 8:27 pm (IST)
Full time, it's finished here 1-1. We will now go to penalties. Both the goals coming in the second half, Moses had given the lead to the blues before Pedro received his marching orders. Kolasinac equalised from the resulting free kick. Arsenal were slightly the better team over 90 minutes, but Chelsea did have a strong second half.
Aug 6, 2017 8:22 pm (IST)
We will have 5 minutes of added time here, and then we will go straight to penalties. Remember we will have the new ABBA system if this goes to penalties today
Aug 6, 2017 8:18 pm (IST)
Subsituiton for Arsneal now, Reiss Nelson comes on in place of Danny Welbeck, Nelson is spoken of highly by Wenger and has had an impressive pre-season so far.
Aug 6, 2017 8:15 pm (IST)
GOAL! Kolasinac gets his first goal for Arsenal, it was from that resulting free kick only, Xhaka gets one in and Kolasinac comes in from the far post to find the back of the net. Eight minutes to go, and Chelsea have bought on Charles Musonda.
Aug 6, 2017 8:12 pm (IST)
RED CARD! Direct red there for Pedro, that will be a big blow, he came in from behind on Elneny getting one right on the Achilles, he seems to have injured himself also. Referee having no doubt in sending him off.
Aug 6, 2017 8:08 pm (IST)
Xhaka with a superb stirke, atleast 30 yards out there. He gets a clean shot in and Courtois has to go diving to his left to palm it away from the goal. Would have been some goal had that gone in. But again Chelsea not closing him down quickly enough.
Aug 6, 2017 8:05 pm (IST)
Morata coming on now in place of Batshuayi. A like for like change, Morata will take the number 9 spot here. Let's see how the Spaniard goes here!
Aug 6, 2017 8:04 pm (IST)
Arsenal again looking to build play from the left side but Giroud's poor touch letting them down, he gives the ball away and then Kolasinac dives in with a foul. Chelsea now preparing to bring in Morata.
Aug 6, 2017 7:59 pm (IST)
Giroud and Walcott are being prepared to come on here for Arsenal, Lacazette goes off to a round of applause.Walcott replaces Iwobi. Interesting change here, both players looked good there. Wenger trying to give a chance to Giroud to prove his worth here.
Aug 6, 2017 7:55 pm (IST)
Chelsea certainly looking dangerous now, again Moses cutting in from the right and getting the ball in. Arsenal defenders getting in the way and clearing that one.
Aug 6, 2017 7:52 pm (IST)
Elneny with an outrageous attempt there, it was more of a cross which swerves in at the last moment, Courtois had to be alert there as he punches it away for a corner.
Aug 6, 2017 7:48 pm (IST)
An ugly clash of heads here, David Luiz and Gary Cahill there going for the ball and clashing into each other, Luiz seems to have come out the worse from it. He is down holding his nose, will be interesting to see if Conte gets him off here or continues with him.
Aug 6, 2017 7:44 pm (IST)
Chants of Antonio, Antonio ring around the stadium now..Rudiger also warming up on the sidelines. The goal has certain given Chelsea an impetus here, they look like a better team.
Aug 6, 2017 7:39 pm (IST)
GOAL! Chelsea strike! Arsenal a bit slow to start in the second half, Willian puts the ball in from the corner, Arsenal clear it but Cahill puts it back in the danger area. Moses makes a brilliant run to give Chelsea the lead! 1-0 here in the 47th minute.
Aug 6, 2017 7:22 pm (IST)
We ahve reached half-time here, and it's 0-0 here. Lacazette coming closest with his shot hitting the post. Arsenal have been the livelier of the two teams so far, Chelsea not closing down quickly enough in key areas. Both teams will be hoping for a better performance in the final third. Do join us for the second half!
Aug 6, 2017 7:16 pm (IST)
Arsenal looking to break again, it was 5 on 4, Iwobi inside the box turns and shoots but hits it straight to Courtois, easy save for the Chelsea number.1 and Iwobi will be slightly disappointed with his shot there.
Aug 6, 2017 7:12 pm (IST)
Chelsea have threatened to cut the Arsenal defence with diagonal balls here, they have certainly grown into the game as it has progressed. Less than 5 minutes away from half-time, the scoreline might be 0-0 but it's not the most drab 0-0 you will see!
Aug 6, 2017 7:09 pm (IST)
Willian gets a yellow card here for simulation! He gets past Bellerin, who tries to tackle him but there is absolutely no contact. Willian goes to the ground, asking for a penalty. Referee straight away booking him, and replays show it was a correct decision.
Aug 6, 2017 7:07 pm (IST)
Pedro with a strong shot there, almost looking like batman with that mask on. Willian finding him with a superb diagonal ball across the park, Pedro shooting it with his left but Cech gets a strong punch on it and the ball flies away.
Aug 6, 2017 7:06 pm (IST)
Substitution for Arsenal, we are going to see Kolasinac in place of Mertesacker who won't be able to continue, looks like more of a precautionary substitution from Arsenal. Kolasinac likely to play on the left of the back three here.
Aug 6, 2017 7:00 pm (IST)
Mertesacker receives an elbow on the nose there, Cahill trying to jump and leaving a mark on the big German. Mertesacker is bleeding, but should be able to continue. Almost 30 minutes gone here, and we are level at 0-0. Arsene Wenger will be the happier of two managers for now
Aug 6, 2017 6:55 pm (IST)
POST! Chelsea survive and jsut, they break and Welbeck finds Lacazette in the box who tries to curl one in past Courtois, Courtois is beaten but the ball doesn't come in enough. Hits the foot of the post. Lacazette can't believe it!