Arsenal gunned down in Charity Shield

11 August 1979

 It was business as usual at Wembley as Liverpool continued where they had left off at the end of the previous season by once again illustrating why they were regarded as the best team in England.

 This time Arsenal were the victims as Bob Paisley's ruthless winning machine produced a performance that must have chilled every topflight manager to the bone with a crushing 3-1 success.

 New signing Avi Cohen watched on from the bench and must have wondered if we would ever get a game as a Terry McDermott double and one from Kenny Dalgish left the FA Cup winning Gunners soundly beaten.

 Not even a consolation goal from cup final hero Alan Sunderland could raise Arsenal spirits as the Reds ran out worthy winners.

 As the full-time whistle blew to bring a welcome end to the Londoners' misery, Liverpool stepped up to claim their fourth Charity Shield outright.

 It would set the tone for the remainder of the season as the Reds surged to yet another League Championship, with McDermott picking up both the PFA and Football Writers' Player of the Year awards.