Ask 100 football fans and you will get a complete split of opinion, but what do you think…

Does the Community Shield constitute a trophy or not?

The answer depends on the club.

Ask 100 football fans and you will get a complete split of opinion, but what do you think…

Does the Community Shield constitute a trophy or not?

The answer depends on the club.

Seeing as how the two opponents who always comprise the match hail from the winners of the two biggest domestic trophies – success is already achieved.

Seeing as how the two opponents who always comprise the match hail from the winners of the two biggest domestic trophies – success is already achieved.

But when the same team wins both the Premier League and FA Cup – the magical Double – then the opponent for this traditional curtain opener for the season comes from the runners-up spot of the League.

That would mean that the prospect of lifting the famous shield would be a lot more alluring to the team who hasn’t had anything to furnish their trophy cabinet for some time.

Then there are other teams who constitute the friendly, pre-season Audi Cup as a trophy…

It does matter if success is a stranger or a regular acquaintance.

Regardless of how you feel about it, there is plenty of importance in the tie.

We took part in the Community Shield on Saturday and we lifted it for the 16th time and we were up against rampant Premier League champions Liverpool. Coincidentally, both teams were on 15 Shield wins, second only to Manchester United, on 21.

What we can take from this tie is two-fold.

Firstly, we can gauge just how close to fitness and match sharpness our boys are. Normally they would be pretty much there, fine-tuned and ready for the starter pistol for the campaign to begin. With Covid playing havoc with pretty much everything though, it leaves us with just a week or so worth of prep for this game – and Liverpool will be in the same boat. The second half of the game showed that both teams are lacking a bit.

The second thing we can take is regarding the lineups.

Both Jurgen Klopp and Mikel Arteta will be looking to do more business in this transfer window – both selling and buying. So both coaches used a few players into the eleven that need a shop window to alert willing bidders. We could also see how highly they value their respective flock of youth prospects. Grab a start here, it could mean the difference between a loan spell or a chance with the first team.

Mohamed Elneny was the prime example.

Above all, we simply enjoyed Arsenal being back in action and hopefully we got the bonus of us lifting the Shield again. At the very least, we got to see a true barometer of our squad.

Number 16 was sweet - and we might not take much from the Shield itself - but success and winning is a great habit.