Arsenal v Chelsea : English FA Cup Final Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

Published On: July 31, 2020, 8:54 pm (3 months ago)
Author: Olusanya Akinrinola

Date :Saturday 1st Augiust,2020
Time: 5:30pm
Stadium Wembley
Referee Anthony Taylor (England)

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Team News:
English football's longest-ever campaign comes to a conclusion on Saturday evening when Arsenal and Chelsea face off at Wembley in the 139th FA Cup final.
The Gunners knocked out holders Manchester City in the semis and are seeking a record-extending 14th triumph in the competition, three years on from their most recent success.
Chelsea, beaten 2-1 by Arsenal in that year's final, have secured a top-four finish in the Premier League and could make this an exceptional first campaign for Frank Lampard.
Arsenal and Chelsea have lifted the famous trophy a combined 11 times since 2001. No two teams have ever done that since the turn of the century.

Arsenal are synonymous with the FA Cup, though, and tend to lift the trophy when they make it as far as the final.
Arsenal's long injury list is now even longer following the news that Shkodran Mustafi will not feature again until October after injuring his hamstring in the semi-final.

Mustafi joins Gabriel Martinelli, Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari on the sidelines, while Bernd Leno is not 100% fit and will not start on Saturday.

Arteta continues to overlook Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi for selection, meanwhile, so options are somewhat limited all over the park.

The Gunners have stumbled upon a formation that works well for them, though, with the 3-4-3 fielded against Man City in the semis working to perfection.

Assuming that remains the case this weekend, Kieran Tierney is expected to be used as part of the back three, with Bukayo Saka favourite to get the nod at left wing-back.
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Martinez; Holding, Luiz, Tierney; Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka; Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang
Arsenal's FA Cup form: WWWWW
Arsenal's form (all competitions): DLWWLW

There is less pressure on Chelsea than their capital rivals heading into this latest tussle, it is fair to say, with the Blues enjoying a successful debut campaign under Lampard.
Chelsea have fewer injury issues to contend with - Billy Gilmour is their only confirmed absentee, although N'Golo Kante is also a major doubt having missed the last six matches.

Kante is back in training but it looks likely to be a midfield trio of Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and Mason Mount.

Lampard also has the option of using a three-man defence to match Arsenal, however, which would likely see Marcos Alonso and Reece James fielded in the wing-back slots.

The biggest talking point ahead of this match is whether Kepa Arrizabalaga is recalled after being dropped for the final Premier League game of the season.

If not then it will be a cup final start for Willy Caballero, while up the other end of the field it seems certain that Olivier Giroud will retain his place against his old side.

Giroud is aiming to become the second player to score for and against a specific side in separate FA Cup finals, having netted in Arsenal's 4-0 win against Aston Villa in 2015.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Caballero; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso; Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount; Hudson-Odoi, Pulisic, Giroud
Chelsea's FA Cup form: WWWWW
Chelsea's form (all competitions): WLWWLW

Prediction: Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea (2-1 AET)

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