It happened. It finally happened. After 13 attempts at defeating arch-nemesis Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger beat his foe at the 14th time of asking and with that Arsenal are set for a sustained title challenge - a feat they have not managed since the 2007-08 season.
Granted the season has not started yet and the most cynical of critics will point out the Community Shield is a glorified pre-season friendly, no one likes to lose a game, especially a derby against a perceived title rival. What's more, with less than one week left until the season begins excuses start to wear thin, particularly when a strong starting 11 has been fielded.
Moreover, this result is not a fluke. Since Francis Coquelin was introduced to the team the Gunners have foregone their usual slick way of playing for a more pragmatic approach. Consequentially they have beaten Manchester City and United (FA Cup at Old Trafford), as well as drawn with Chelsea and United (league at Old Trafford).
Coupled with Arsenal's ability to routinely put away the smaller teams with ease in the Premier League, there is no reason they cannot challenge for the title.
In the past an extreme lack of depth has been punished heavily with an extreme injury crisis. However, both ailments have been dealt with. The Gunners now have a squad deeper than more or less anyone in Europe, yet alone the domestic league. Arguably their best player, Alexis Sanchez, was unable to play today yet Wenger's men did not skip a beat.
Likewise England internationals Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck were not involved, while they could afford to drop first choice striker Olivier Giroud to the bench.
Rumours surrounding Karim Benzema continue to circulate, but on the back of this performance the North London club do not need him.