Arsenal 1 Liverpool 1 (5-4 on pens) LIVE REACTION: Aubameyang the hero as Gunners win Community Shield after epic tussle – The Sun

ARSENAL have won the Community Shield after beating Premier League champions Liverpool on penalties.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the hero for the Gunners, with the forward netting the opener early in the game before holding his nerve from the spot to win the shootout.

  • Final score: Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool (Aubameyang 14'; Minamino 73') – Gunners win 5-4 on pens.

Follow all the latest reaction from the Home of Football with our live blog below…

  • THANKS FOR JOINING US

    That's all from us for today.

    Rhian Brewster's penalty miss proving costly for Liverpool, meaning they lose in the Community Shield on penalties for the second consecutive season.

    Arsenal will aim to build on today's victory when the Premier League season starts in two weeks time.

    They kick off the season against newly promoted Fulham, after winning two pieces of silverware in their last two competitive games.

    We look forward to seeing you then, but that's all for now.

  • ARSENAL WIN ON PENS

    So Arsenal sealed Community Shield victory on penalties that saw them start the 2020/21 season with a trophy, after also ending the 2019/20 season by winning the FA Cup.

    Gunners fans will now hope Aubameyang's contract situation can be resolved as soon as possible, as they bid to break into the top four next season.

    Liverpool meanwhile will take motivation from today's defeat, and will look to kick and defend their Premier League crown.

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  • AUBA'S ANALYSIS

    “I feel very good.

    “First of all I have to say happy birthday bro.

    “He was the man of the match, I'm really happy for him, he deserves it and today we deserved the win.

    “I'm going to take this trophy, hopefully this time I don't drop it.”

    On his contract situation:

    “We're gonna see [one of] these days.

    “Today we take the trophy, that's it.”

    Maitland Niles' response to questions about his Arsenal future:

    “I'm an Arsenal player until I'm told otherwise.

    “My heart's in the club and whilst I'm here I'm going to give one hundred percent all the time, so that's that.”

  • JURGEN'S THOUGHTS

    Speaking after the game, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said:

    “We should have created more because we had the ball quite a lot and had to play around.

    “But we had to be careful like crazy because of Aubemayang and all this stuff because they are strong in counter attacking.

    “We had two really good moments, Sadio I think had the chances, scored a nice goal, deserved the equaliser for sure and then could have scored more.

    “[We] didn't do that, and then we have to take it and [a] penalty shoot out is always a little bit of a lottery so we were unlucky there.

    “And so now congratulations to Arsenal, that's how it is, we respect the competition.”

  • NO MISTAKES TODAY

    No issues from Aubameyang in lifting the trophy today, after he comically dropped the FA Cip last time out.

  • ON AUBAMEYANG'S IMPORTANCE

    “Big games, big moments, big players.

    “He is responding really well to that kind of pressure.

    “He was magnificent in the FA Cup final and he was magnificent today again.'

    On a new contract for Aubameyang:

    “We are close.”

  • ARTETA'S REACTION

    On being asked whether he's getting used to winning trophies, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said:

    “You never get used to it I am so happy.

    “I knew the challenge that we were facing today against this incredible opponent.

    “David, for example trained [for] one day, just before the final.

    “He was able to play ninety minutes so thank you very much to the players for the effort and the performance.

    On what pleased him about the performance:

    “The courage of the team, how aggressive we were without the ball, how well we made decisions to break the pressure of Liverpool and cause some issues against them in the back line that they have.

    “I am pleased, but in the second half I knew we were going to suffer, we didn't have the legs, they've been training for two weeks.

    “But we sustained that in the penalties and I think the boys again had a lot of courage to put it right.”

  • WINNERS

    Community Shield winners Arsenal celebrating their second piece of silverware in two games, after winning the FA Cup final on August 1.

    Credit: Getty Images

  • WINNING MOMENT

    The moment Arsenal players knew they'd won the game.

    It finished 5-4 on penalties to the Gunners.

    Credit: Getty Images

  • WINNING PEN

    Aubameyang slots the winning penalty to seal the Community Shield for Arsenal.

    That's two trophies in two games for the Gunners.

  • TROPHY LIFT

    The Arsenal players step forward to collect their winners medals.

    Aubameyang makes no mistake with the trophy lift this time, picking it up with no issues and taking it over to the waiting Arsenal players.

    He turns and lifts it high into the sky above his head.

    Arsenal are 2020/21 Community Shield winners!

  • LUCKLESS LIVERPOOL

    For the second year in a row, Liverpool lose the Community Shield on penalties.

    It's cruel on young Rhian Brewster, but he'll learn from this and come back stronger.

  • ARSENAL WIN ON PENALTIES

    You never thought for one second that Aubameyang was going to miss that one.

    Brewster, who was brought on to take a penalty, hit the bar with his effort allowing Arsenal to win the shootout.

  • ARSENAL WIN THE COMMUNITY SHIELD!

  • GOAL!

    ARSENAL WIN THE COMMUNITY SHIELD!

  • AUBAMEYANG STEPS UP TO WIN IT FOR ARSENAL!

  • GOAL!

    LIVERPOOL ARE STILL IN IT.

    LIVERPOOL 4-4 ARSENAL

  • IF JONES MISSES, LIVERPOOL LOSE.

  • GOAL!

    DAVID LUIZ PUTS ARSENAL IN CONTROL AGAIN!

    STRAIGHT INTO THE TOP CORNER, WHAT A PENALTY THAT IS!

    LIVERPOOL 3-4 ARSENAL

  • GOAL!

    MINAMINO EQUALISES FOR LIVERPOOL!

    STRAIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE!

    LIVERPOOL 3-3 ARSENAL

  • GOAL!

    CEDRIC SLOTS HIS PENALTY!

    LIVERPOOL 2-3 ARSENAL

  • OFF THE BAR!

    BREWSTER, WHO CAME ON TO TAKE A PENALTY, SMASHES HIS EFFORT ONTO THE BAR.

    LIVERPOOL 2-2 ARSENAL

  • GOAL!

    MAITLAND-NILES MAKES NO MISTAKE.

    COOLLY DONE!

    LIVERPOOL 2-2 ARSENAL

  • GOAL!

    FABINHO SENDS MARTINEZ THE WRONG WAY.

    LIVERPOOL 2-1 ARSENAL

  • GOAL!

    NELSON LEVELS FOR ARSENAL!

    LIVERPOOL 1-1 ARSENAL

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