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Arsenal could play in Community Shield even if they lose FA Cup semi-final vs Man City – Metro.co.uk

Mikel Arteta is set to get an early shot at silverware at the start of the 2020/21 season.

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Mikel Arteta could be handed an early shot at silverware to start the 2020/21 season (Picture: Getty)
Arsenal could be surprise opponents for Liverpool in the Community Shield next month even if they lose their FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City, according to reports.
The curtain-raising showpiece is usually contested by the winners of the FA Cup and the champions of the Premier League, with the second-placed side in the league taking the spot if a team does the double.
But UEFAs rearranged European tournaments have created big issues with the FAs hopes of staging the Community Shield this year.
Arteta won the Community Shield twice with Arsenal while skipper (Picture: Getty Images)
The Europa League final does not take place until August 21, with the Champions League final following two days later, and Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea are still involved as well as being in the FA Cup semi-finals.
With the proposed date for the Community Shield currently just a week later, on August 30, any team that wins the FA Cup and also goes deep in European competition will be unable to take part.
However, according to the Daily Mail, FA bosses are still absolutely determined for the Community Shield to go ahead as planned, even if United or City win the FA Cup and play in a European final.
Their new plan is to invite the most successful club in the Shields history to take part against Liverpool instead, which is Arsenal, who have won the trophy 15 times.
The proposal represents something of a double-edged sword for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, who twice won the trophy as captain of the club in 2014 and 2015, as well as lifting it while coach at Manchester City.
Citys European adventure has opened the door for Arsenal to take on Liverpool (Picture: Getty)
On the one hand, it would give Arteta an early shot at lifting silverware at the start of the 2020/21 campaign, but on the other hand it would cut into the already preciously short preparation time Premier League clubs will be afforded.
As things stand, players are only expected to receive two weeks of holiday after the final game of the current season with Premier League bosses hoping to get the next campaign up and running for the weekend of September 12.
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Coronavirus: Arsenal propose 55 redundancies amid financial struggles – Sky Sports

Arsenal have confirmed they are proposing 55 redundancies due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the club’s finances.

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Arsenal have confirmed they are proposing 55 redundancies due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the club’s finances.
In a statement released on the club’s website on Wednesday, head of football Raul Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham said one of the key reasons cutbacks are being made is to “maintain investment in the team”.
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Not pitting Hamilton late “a mistake that almost cost us dearly” – Mercedes – GPfans

Mercedes has admitted leaving Lewis Hamilton out after Max Verstappen’s late pit-stop in the British Grand Prix was a strategic mistake that almost cost them the race.

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Mercedes has admitted leaving Lewis Hamilton out after Max Verstappen’s late pit-stop in the British Grand Prix was a strategic mistake that almost cost them the race.
Following a puncture for Valtteri Bottas on lap 51, Red Bull immediately pitted Max Verstappen for fresh rubber to score the extra point for the fastest lap, knowing it was also guaranteed second place.
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Angus Kinnear details Leeds United’s transfer advantage over Brighton with Ben White – Leeds Live

Marcelo Bielsa and Victor Orta want Ben White back at Elland Road

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Ben White loves Leeds United. Ben White loved playing for Leeds United. Ben White loved his Leeds United team-mates. Leeds United have an advantage.
Chief executive Angus Kinnear has outlined the clubs pursuit of Brighton & Hove Albions defender and how the Whites may yet get him back to West Yorkshire.
As well as how much White enjoyed all aspects of his experience at Elland Road, Kinnear also points out the guaranteed Premier League pitch time White will get under Marcelo Bielsa.
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