Manchester City will participate in the Community Shield this summer after winning the Premier League, setting their sights on a historic treble. The Citizens have appeared in the annual curtain-raiser for the past two seasons but have lost both times. In the 2021 edition, they were defeated 1-0 by Leicester, and in the previous season, they lost 3-1 to Liverpool. However, Pep Guardiola’s team will have the opportunity to rectify those defeats later this year. City, who are still competing in the Champions League, have reached the final of the FA Cup and secured their third consecutive top-flight title after Arsenal lost 1-0 to Nottingham Forest.
The Community Shield typically features the Premier League champions against the winners of the FA Cup at Wembley. However, if one club wins both trophies, they will play against whoever finishes second in the Premier League. If Manchester City wins the FA Cup, they will face Arsenal in the Community Shield. If Manchester United wins the FA Cup, they will play against Manchester City.
Arsenal will be involved in the Community Shield should Manchester City beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final. The last time City won the Community Shield was in 2019 when they beat Liverpool 5-4 on penalties following a 1-1 draw. They were also involved in the last Community Shield to feature this scenario, where they beat Liverpool after winning competitions the previous season.