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Peter Cech full of praise for new boy Kolasinac's contribution to win

By Gavin McCafferty

Petr Cech hailed Arsenal's squad strength after their FA Community Shield shoot-out victory over Chelsea at Wembley.

Gunners new boy Sead Kolasinac cancelled out Victor Moses' earlier effort as the game finished 1-1 after 90 minutes, before Arsenal won the penalty shoot-out 4-1 under the new ABBA system.

Kolasinac had come on as a first-half substitute for the injured Per Mertesacker, while Arsenal were without the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny.

"We were missing a lot of players but it's great to see that everybody is ready to compete for places in the squad for every game," Cech said.

"Sead came in when Per got injured. He had a great game and everyone who came in as a sub helped us keep our quality on the pitch."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was delighted with his side's performance.

"We put ourselves in a difficult position just after half-time, but in the end we produced a performance that we did at the end of last season," the Frenchman said.

"We were dominating (at the time of Pedro's dismissal) and I just wondered whether we would come back or not. But I think we always looked dangerous."

Antonio Conte vented his growing frustration at referee Bobby Madley this afternoon.

The Chelsea manager admitted he was "frustrated" and "angry" with the decision to book Willian for diving in the first half, rather than award a penalty.

Pedro was sent off for Chelsea, just before Sead Kolasinac equalised for Arsenal, and Conte did not try and hide his feelings afterwards.

"For sure there is disappointment to finish for the second time with 10 men against Arsenal, before in the FA Cup and now in the Community Shield," Conte said. "A lot of people told me the penalty [for Willian] was clear. For sure there is a bit of frustration, but you know very well we have to respect referees decisions."

Madley spoke to Conte to explain his decision and the Chelsea manager joked that he wanted to complain for hours about what he perceived as an injustice.

"There wasn't time [to talk], because I also wanted to ask why it wasn't a penalty, and why it was a yellow card for Willian," Conte said.

Conte cut a miserable figure during his post-match press conference and refused to answer a question about whether he has the squad in place to defend Chelsea's Premier League title.

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