The fanbase of Premier League champions Chelsea have this afternoon reacted angrily to the thoroughly disappointing performance of their side during their defeat to fierce rivals Arsenal in the Community Shield.
The annual match played out between the winners of last season’s Premier League and FA Cup titles kicked off from Wembley this afternoon, with the first silverware of the English season up for grabs.
Chelsea headed into proceedings as clear favourites, with the lineup deployed by Gunners boss Arsene some way short of full strength.
Arsenal were without the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey, Shkodran Mustafi and Gabriel.
The team news is in…
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 6, 2017
Chelsea, meanwhile, were without Eden Hazard and the soon-to-be departed Diego Costa, though the starting XIs certainly looked to favour the Blues.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 6, 2017
Nevertheless, an impressive display from Arsene Wenger’s side saw the Emirates outfit come back from a goal down to eventually emerge with a fully-deserved victory on penalties.
While fans of the Gunners were ecstatic, their Chelsea counterparts were shell-shocked.
A lethargic, uninspiring performance from their side had supporters of the Premier League champions calling into question the direction of their club ahead of next season, with some of the best social media reaction below:
Welcome to another terrible season Chelsea fans. Brace yourselves up guys. We are in for a long season.
— KM Oparinde (@OparindeKM) August 6, 2017
Chelsea fans tell me I’m overreacting when I say our squad is fucking terrible
— Dybalance (@SobLucci) August 6, 2017
Chelsea would need to spend another 100 mill before the season starts or were fucked
— Neil Harley (@neilgpharley) August 6, 2017
Chelsea looking so bad atm!! You can tell conte worried.
— Shuaib Uthman (@Shuaib1994) August 6, 2017
Chelsea should be trying to implement youngsters *has youth players on bench* wtf our depth is so bad, we won’t compete
— Huw (@HuwgoBoss) August 6, 2017
If your a Chelsea fan and you ain’t worried about that team you need your head checked.
— Ayden Thomas (@AydennnT) August 6, 2017
Famm I’m baffled what’s wrong with Chelsea
— A- (@RealKosa) August 6, 2017
Well, that was pretty awful. A clearly unhappy manager, a squad lacking quality and numbers and a board not listening. Only Chelsea!
— Peachey Carnehan (@PeacheyCarnehan) August 6, 2017
Pre season = awful
Transfer window = awful
It’s not looking like a bright start for us champions.
— Big Alvaro (@CarefreeMorata) August 6, 2017
In addition, a number of fans, both of Chelsea and otherwise, were quick to point to the poor performance and woeful penalty of big-money arrival Alvaro Morata.
That miss will fuck Morata’s confidence. Omega mentality. 6 goal season incoming
— Planet Arsenal (@Planet_Arsenal) August 6, 2017
Lacazette drops an 8/10 and Morata is awful hahahah #communityshield
— Alex Williams (@__AlexWilliams_) August 6, 2017
Morata is awful
— G (@UtdGav) August 6, 2017
Morata is pure shit, ball bounced off his foot every touch he had and that penalty was fucking awful
— Hw (@harrywing5) August 6, 2017
Feel bad for Morata, wanted a move to Utd, didn’t happen through no fault of his own & is now being slated by his new club’s fanbase & Conte
— Harry🇾🇪 (@UnitedScotsman) August 6, 2017