Arsenal sent out a statement of intent for the season as they impressively dismissed Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley.

The FA Cup winners took the lead through Santi Cazorla's angled shot and added to that when Aaron Ramsey drove in a strike to finish a counter-attack.

Premier League champions City came close when Stevan Jovetic had a header hit the post and a shot saved.

But Olivier Giroud's dipping 25-yard strike secured Arsenal's win.

Martin Keown - BBC football analyst

"It was the way Manchester City started the game. They were better in the second half but in the first half Arsenal moved the ball beautifully and Alexis Sanchez, in his wide right position, looked dangerous for Arsenal.

"It is a good way to take Arsene Wenger into a new season and he will be delighted. He looks five years younger after winning the FA Cup and going back to Wembley to win again today."

The victory is the first for Arsene Wenger's side in the English season's curtain raiser since 2004, and should give them plenty of belief before they start their top-flight campaign against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Gunners fielded three of their four summer signings as forward Alexis Sanchez, right-back Mathieu Debuchy and defender Calum Chambers started, with the trio appearing to have effortlessly slipped into Arsenal's trademark one-touch free-flowing football.

City were missing eight key players and, while manager Manuel Pellegrini may play down the defeat, it will serve as a warning sign before they begin the defence of their top-flight title at Newcastle on Sunday.

Pellegrini had insisted he had a stronger squad at his disposal this season as he gave two of his five summer signings in midfielder Fernando and keeper Willy Caballero starts.

However, he was not helped by the absence of Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Fernandinho, Sergio Aguero, Martin Demichelis, Frank Lampard, Bacary Sagna and Alvaro Negredo for the game.

Arsenal celebrate winning the Community Shield after beating Manchester City

Arsenal have won their second trophy in 85 days after going 3283 days without silverware prior to that.

Arsenal were without their German contingent of Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski but looked closer to full strength - and it showed.

The London side's new arrivals certainly made their presence felt. Chambers, 19, played at centre-back as opposed to the right-back slot he occupied at Southampton and his mature performance defied his youthful years.

The energy and guile of forward Sanchez was apparent, while right-back Debuchy needed little encouragement to venture forward in addition to his defensive duties.

City had an early Samir Nasri shot blocked by Debuchy but struggled to live with the pace Arsenal were setting and soon found themselves behind.

Arsene Wenger's side produced some intricate passing on the edge of the box and, after play was waved on for Dedryck Boyata's challenge on Jack Wilshere, Cazorla side-stepped the City defender and angled in a low left-foot shot.

Arsenal's lone striker Yaya Sanogo drove a shot wide and mistimed a header straight to Caballero before he set up his side's second.

The 21-year-old Frenchman latched on to a Sanchez pass and held the ball up before laying a pass across for Ramsey, who expertly controlled and powered in a shot.

City replaced Nasri, who was constantly booed by Gunners fans, with playmaker David Silva at half-time and immediately showed more urgency after the break as they twice went close.

Jesus Navas crossed to the far post and Jovetic's header bounced before coming off the post. The Montenegro international also had a powerful low shot blocked away by Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny as City applied growing pressure.

However, just when City threatened a comeback, Arsenal scored a third. Giroud picked up the ball 25 yards out and sent a dipping strike over Caballero to effectively end the game as a contest.

Santi Cazorla puts Arsenal ahead against Manchester City

Man City beat Arsenal 6-3 last season but there was little chance of that after Santi Cazorla's opener for the Gunners

Aaron Ramsey scores Arsenal's second against Manchester City

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey scored 16 goals for the Gunners last season

Olivier Giroud came on as a substitute to wrap up Arsenal's win over Manchester City

Manchester City have shipped three or more goals twice in their last 34 games in all competitions

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (11)

Arsenal

  • 01 Szczesny
  • 02 Debuchy
  • 21 Chambers
  • 06 Koscielny (Monreal - 45' )
  • 03 Gibbs
  • 08 Arteta
  • 17 Sánchez (Oxlade-Chamberlain - 45' )
  • 16 Ramsey (Campbell - 86' )
  • 10 Wilshere (Flamini - 68' )
  • 19 Cazorla (Rosicky - 70' )
  • 22 Sanogo (Giroud - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Rosicky
  • 12 Giroud
  • 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 18 Monreal
  • 20 Flamini
  • 28 Campbell
  • 50 Martinez

Manchester City

  • 13 Caballero
  • 22 Clichy
  • 38 Boyata
  • 33 Nastasic
  • 11 Kolarov (Richards - 76' )
  • 15 Jesús Navas (Sinclair - 85' )
  • 42 Y Touré (Zuculini - 60' )
  • 06 Fernando Booked
  • 08 Nasri (Silva - 45' )
  • 35 Jovetic
  • 10 Dzeko (Milner - 60' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Hart
  • 02 Richards
  • 07 Milner
  • 12 Sinclair
  • 19 Rekik
  • 21 Silva
  • 36 Zuculini
Ref: Michael Oliver
Att: 71,523

Match Stats

Shots

8 11

On target

4 1

Corners

3 7

Fouls

13 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Arsenal 3, Manchester City 0.

90:00 +3:36 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Arsenal 3, Manchester City 0.

90:00 +2:27

Offside, Arsenal. Wojciech Szczesny tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

90:00 +2:06

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90:00 +0:40

Delay in match Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) because of an injury.

90:00 +0:18

Scott Sinclair (Manchester City).

90:00 +0:18

Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:21

Attempt missed. Dedryck Boyata (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Scott Sinclair with a cross following a corner.

88:05

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Mathieu Debuchy.

85:56

James Milner (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

85:56

Foul by Joel Campbell (Arsenal).

85:19

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

85:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Joel Campbell replaces Aaron Ramsey.

84:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Scott Sinclair replaces Jesús Navas.

83:58

Delay in match Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) because of an injury.

81:53

James Milner (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:53

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal).

81:34

Jesús Navas (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:34

Foul by Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal).

80:28

Foul by Fernando (Manchester City).

80:28

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Micah Richards replaces Aleksandar Kolarov.

75:17

Foul by Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City).

75:17

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:08

Attempt blocked. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesús Navas with a cross.

74:41

Attempt blocked. James Milner (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

74:19

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Calum Chambers.

71:05

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Nacho Monreal.

71:02

Attempt blocked. Fernando (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

69:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Tomas Rosicky replaces Santiago Cazorla.

69:14

David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

69:14

Foul by Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal).

67:36

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

67:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Mathieu Flamini replaces Jack Wilshere.

66:43

Delay in match Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) because of an injury.

66:15

Foul by Bruno Zuculini (Manchester City).

66:15

Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:54

Attempt missed. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Gaël Clichy with a cross.

63:54

James Milner (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

63:54

Foul by Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal).

62:55

Foul by Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City).

62:55

Calum Chambers (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arsenal 3, Manchester City 0. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey.

59:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. James Milner replaces Edin Dzeko.

59:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Bruno Zuculini replaces Yaya Touré.

55:32

Foul by Yaya Touré (Manchester City).

55:32

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:06

Attempt saved. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov.

53:12

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Matija Nastasic.

51:52

Attempt missed. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses the top left corner.

51:50

Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Jesús Navas with a cross.

50:41

Foul by Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City).

50:41

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:05 Booking

Booking Fernando (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

49:59

Foul by Fernando (Manchester City).

49:59

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:53

Foul by Matija Nastasic (Manchester City).

48:53

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

47:25

Fernando (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:25

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

46:12

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

45:45

Delay in match Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) because of an injury.

45:00

Second Half begins Arsenal 2, Manchester City 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. David Silva replaces Samir Nasri.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Alexis Sánchez.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Olivier Giroud replaces Yaya Sanogo.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Nacho Monreal replaces Laurent Koscielny.

45:00 +1:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Arsenal 2, Manchester City 0.

43:03

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Mathieu Debuchy.

41:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arsenal 2, Manchester City 0. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Yaya Sanogo following a fast break.

40:36

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).

40:36

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

38:47

Hand ball by Fernando (Manchester City).

37:45

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

37:45

Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:21

Offside, Arsenal. Kieran Gibbs tries a through ball, but Yaya Sanogo is caught offside.

35:58

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

35:58

Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:24

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

35:24

Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City).

31:25

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

30:59

Delay in match Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) because of an injury.

29:50

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

29:50

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

29:31

Attempt saved. Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross.

28:48

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Gaël Clichy.

28:46

Attempt blocked. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

27:48

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

26:24

Foul by Calum Chambers (Arsenal).

26:24

Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:25

Attempt missed. Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

23:40

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:40

Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City).

23:33

Attempt missed. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

23:07

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Mikel Arteta.

20:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arsenal 1, Manchester City 0. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jack Wilshere.

19:30

Offside, Arsenal. Alexis Sánchez tries a through ball, but Mathieu Debuchy is caught offside.

17:30

Attempt blocked. Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Wilshere.

15:17

Foul by Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal).

15:17

Gaël Clichy (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:26

Attempt blocked. Fernando (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stevan Jovetic.

13:09

Attempt blocked. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesús Navas with a cross.

11:50

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Matija Nastasic.

11:49

Attempt blocked. Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

10:47

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:47

Foul by Yaya Touré (Manchester City).

5:07

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:07

Foul by Jesús Navas (Manchester City).

4:27

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

3:41

Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

3:41

Gaël Clichy (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:55

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:55

Foul by Fernando (Manchester City).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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