Premier League Snapshots: A taste for silverware

It's not exactly the start of the season yet, but Zee Ko takes a trip down to Arsenal hangout Molly Roffey's Irish Pub for the traditional Premier League curtain raiser...

Packed wall-to-wall with Arsenal fans decked out in their brand new PUMA kits, the scene at Molly Roffey's Irish Pub in Bras Brasah is one of quiet expectation.

It was 3,283 days from their last triumph when Arsenal finally lifted the 2013 FA Cup, but the Gunners faithful are hoping to make it two pieces of silverware in the space of 85 days.

The last time a club completed a Community Shield-Premier League double was in 2010 with Manchester United, and it hadn't happened all that often before it, but no matter.

Once you win one, you start developing an appetite for more success and for trophy-starved Arsenal fans, the Community Shield would do nicely.

Molly Roffey's Irish Pub

51 Bras Brasah Road #01-02A Manulife Centre
Singapore 189554 Tel: 62380989
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Molly Roffey's is home to the Official Arsenal Singapore Supporters Club, and on this occasion the supporters have turned up in droves.

Arsenal memorabilia deck the walls, there are more kits from past campaigns then you can count on both hands and most are autographed by players past and present.

There are plenty of fans who've turned up late, and are stuck peering through the windows forlornly as the game kicked off. They're told they might be let in at halftime, but for now, they'll have to catch snippets of the action from outside.

Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy make their debuts for Arsenal in defence, while star buy Alexis Sanchez has an early chance to show his quality on the right wing.

There are sniggers as the camera pan up to the likes of Bacary Sagna and Frank Lampard in the stands, neither of which who will be turning out for their new club this day.

The Gunners have the upper hand early so the early jitters are calmed somewhat, with every near miss and wasted chance being met with gasps and groans from fans standing shoulder-to-shoulder in front of the bar.

Then Santi Cazorla finally makes the breakthrough, driving the ball past Willy Caballero in goal as the pub erupts into "Oh Santi Cazorla' chants.

It's only going to get better as Aaron Ramsey picks off where he left off just before the break, twisting past his marker and slamming the ball into goal to double Arsenal's lead.

The fans break into song once again, this is much more than they expected despite Man City's weakened lineup.

Two goals to the good at half time, and not a single Arsenal fan is leaving, but the stragglers outside are let in anyway as people graciously make space for the newcomers.

David Silva is introduced at the break as Man City look to claw their way back into the game, Arsenal respond by taking off Laurent Koscielny and bringing on Nacho Monreal.

Arsenal fan Alex beside me can't help but give a wry grin at Arsene Wenger's latest tactical masterstroke, the Spaniard hasn't really made much of an impression since joining the club but hopefully it won't backfire with 45 minutes more to go.

Man City look much better in the second half, although Fernando falling over the ball under no pressure at all draws snorts of derision from the merry Arsenal fans.

Olivier Giroud scores a third with an audacious lob from range, and the fans celebrate like they've just won the FA Cup all over again. Surely there's no way back now, as thoughts turn to keeping the clean sheet.

City know the game is up, as rarely-seen fringe players like Micah Richards and Scott Sinclair are trotted out on to the pitch before the final whistle goes.

"It shows that we're almost ready for the new season, and a lot of players are getting back to full fitness," says Arsenal Singapore Supporters Group president Eric Ong. "It's good to see Ramsey carrying on from last season, and also a good taste of what Alexis can do. A lot of us were really impressed with Chambers at the back too."

And the best moment of the game?

"Oh before Giroud took his goal, we were all saying, 'Let's hope he doesn't shoot from there' and then he did!"

One piece of silverware in the bag, Arsenal fans in Singapore will be hoping it's just a taste of what's to come.