Chelsea and Arsenal will start the season with a traditional curtain-raiser for the new campaign on Sunday, August 6, as both teams clash in the Community Shield.

A total of £1.25m is expected to be raised from the match at Wembley, but Chelsea, Arsenal and the FA have all agreed to donate proceeds from the game to charity.

The FA has joined with the clubs and sponsor McDonald’s in a bid to raise about £1.25million for those affected by the horrific fire in North Kensington on June 14.

Victims and survivors, along with emergency service personnel, will also be invited to the game.

FA Chairman Greg Clarke said he hoped the gesture can help in “some small way”.

“Like the rest of the country, we were all deeply saddened by the terrible incident at Grenfell Tower,” Clarke said in a statement.

“The suffering and loss for those involved is unimaginable.

“Whilst only a football match, we hope that in some small way through the Community Shield we can help.

“Two great London clubs will come together to play at the city’s most famous stadium just a few miles from Kensington.

“They will be united in their passion for football, grief at this tragic loss and support for their community.

“Football is for all, and we hope that on Sunday 6 August it can in its own way give something back to those who are most in need.”

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