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06 August 2017

Arsene Wenger believes a ‘united’ Arsenal can win the Premier League title

ARSENE WENGER believes a “united” Arsenal can win the title — as he blamed himself for last season’s Prem shocker.

Boss Wenger lifted the Community Shield for a third time in four years after Olivier Giroud’s penalty shootout winner against Chelsea.

Arsene Wenger lifted the Community Shield with Petr Cech
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Arsene Wenger and his side have claimed the first piece of silverware this season
Arsene Wenger believes a united Arsenal could win the Premier League
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Asked if his Gunners can end their 13-year title drought, Wenger said: “It is a dream to make the fans happy.

“I’d like them to stand by the team — to be united and together. But it is down to us to keep the positive atmosphere around the team.”

Wenger, who signed a new two-year deal in May, once again blamed uncertainty over his own future for Arsenal’s failure to nab a top-four spot last time out.

He said: “A lot was created by my own situation — so maybe I made a mistake.”

Victor Moses fired Chelsea ahead but Pedro saw red and sub Sead Kolasinac’s header set up penalties — which Arsenal won 4-1.

Wenger said: “Even when we were 1-0 down we didn’t panic. When Kolasinac came on he was outstanding.”

Arsenal celebrated after beating Chelsea to win the Community Shield
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Olivier Giroud scored the winning penalty for Arsenal against Chelsea at Wembley
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Defeat left boss Ant­onio Conte even more frustrated at Chelsea’s summer transfer work.

Asked about missing out on his top targets, he snapped: “I hope in future to get a different question!

“The loss is disappointing. A lot of people told me the foul on Willian was a penalty.”

Antonio Conte was left frustrated after the match
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Mark Clattenburg speaks at half-time of Arsenal vs Chelsea Community Shield clash with viewers left in shock and awe at his voice
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