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Chambers gives Arsenal extra joy.

Although Arsenal legend Ian Wright is bemoaning Thomas Vermaelen's departure to Barcelona, I can't agree that it's bad business, especially after seeing Arsenal demolish Man City in the Community Shield.

If Vermaelen's heart wasn't in it, it was better to let him go. Especially for £15m with only one year remaining on his contract.

Meanwhile, Calum Chambers has got to be the best teenage defender I've ever seen. What a find! If he can carry on in this vein then the sky's the limit!

He made Man City look amateurish in comparison, but we mustn't get carried away. It was only a glorified friendly. However, it always feels good to lift a trophy.

That honour was bestowed on Arteta, who should have lifted the FA Cup instead of Vermaelen. Let's hope he gets plenty more practice doing the same in this forthcoming season!

Reading between the lines, you'd think we will be sticking with the skipper as our defensive midfield, but Wenger showed by dropping Vermaelen that the skipper is not guaranteed to be a starter.

A lot of people's choice for skipper, Per Mertesacker, has been made vice captain; but he'll be worried about getting his place back too after Chambers' performance at Wembley.

So much to celebrate, at the moment: goals from Cazorla, Rambo and a wonder strike from Giroud to kick off our new season.

We must approach it with caution though, as last time we won this piece of silverware we only finished 2nd in the league. Yet with some pundits predicting that we'll finish outside the top 4, I'd take that now!

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