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bloody mess

Gary Cahill channels his inner Conor McGregor with elbow to Per Mertesacker’s head

The Chelsea centre-back split left his German counterpart bloodied after a clash in the box

The Community Shield acts as the bridge between pre-season tedium and Premier League competitiveness.

The winners claim it as a trophy in the bag while the losers dismiss it as just another friendly.

However, there was nothing friendly about Gary Cahill’s treatment of Per Mertesacker as Chelsea met Arsenal at Wembley this afternoon.

Mertesacker shed blood in the first half

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Mertesacker shed blood in the first half

The two experienced centre-backs both jumped for a header following a Chelsea corner and by the time the hit the ground the Gunners’ German giant was a bloody mess.

Cahill caught his marker with a nasty elbow which drew blood immediately.


Cahill timed his jump well but caught Mertescaker with his elbow

Cahill timed his jump well but caught Mertescaker with his elbow

Mertesacker was taken off and replaced with new signing Sead Kolasinac.

Replays showed the German veteran had lost a significant amount of blood.

It looked like a nasty one

It looked like a nasty one

Thankfully, Mertesacker was able to walk off without the aid of a stretcher, suggesting just superficial damage rather than anything long-lasting.

Cahill’s elbow seemed to accidental as he had his eyes on the ball but the contact was forceful and dangerous.

Arsenal medics were quick on the scene

Arsenal medics were quick on the scene

The teams went in to half-time locked at 0-0 although both teams had chances to score.

Alexandre Lacazette hit the post with a sumptuous curling effort and Alex Iwobi had earlier caused problems in the box after committing three Chelsea defenders.

Mertesacker played out of his skin a few months ago when Arsenal beat Chelsea in last season’s FA Cup final and Arsene Wenger’s men looked more vulnerable after his departure.

Too much UFC during pre-season for Cahill, perhaps?

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