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FA Cup Final 2020: Arsenal vs Chelsea – Preview, team news and line-ups

The London rivals produced some epic contests in recent years. (Picture Source: Twitter)

Experts fancied neither Chelsea nor Arsenal to go past their respective opponents in the semifinals of the FA Cup, Arsenal more than Chelsea, yet they both found a way. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brace saw Arsenal trump City whilst Chelsea blasted three goals past a below-par Manchester United unit and made the final an all-London affair.

There has been a major mood swing in both these teams under managers who have been legends at the clubs as players. Both Arsenal and Chelsea fans reckon their gaffers are lining up something huge, and an FA Cup triumph in their first season would be a fitting beginning to it.

Arsenal have plenty hanging in balance heading into this fixture, as a win is the only way they can get into Europa League. If they fail to do so, it’ll be Arsenal’s first absence in European competitions in since Wenger’s take over in 1996.

Chelsea’s new recruits Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech are in London, training with the team and they’re expected to make another signing soon. The side is heading into the game with great confidence, perhaps better than that of their opponents. Yet, one cannot forget a fact that Chelsea lost to Arsenal in the 2017 final, having won the league that season.

Mikel Arteta had to deal with many injury blows in recent months, and also set up a very defensive lineup against Liverpool and City. Dani Ceballos looks right in the Arsenal red right now and he’s thrived in a 4-man midfield, laying in beautiful balls time and again to the frontline or wingbacks.

Mason Mount might play just behind a front-three of Giroud, Pulisic and Hudson-Odoi. There’s plenty of attacking threat coming from their fullbacks as well, which could give us a trailer of how Chelsea will line-up week-in week-out the next season.

However, the defence will continue to be a big problem for both teams. Both teams lack a solid center-back, but they have equally good attackers who can make up for their mistakes. However, we can expect Arsenal to sit back and play on the counters, with Chelsea having more of the possession.

TEAM NEWS

Arsenal

Bernd Leno is back in training but it will be incredibly surprising if he makes it to the playing XI. Martinez has done well in his absence and will get another chance.

Unavailable players –  Bernd Leno, Gabriel Martinelli, Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi, Pablo Mari

Playing XI – Emiliano Martinez; Rob Holding, David Luiz, Kieran Tierney; Hector Bellerin, Dani Ceballos, Granit Xhaka, Bukayo Saka; Nicolas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Chelsea

No major injury concerns for Lampard besides N’Golo Kante, who isn’t 100% fit to make it to the XI.

Unavailable players – Billy Gilmour, N’Golo Kante

Willy Caballero; Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Christensen, Marcos Alonso; Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount; Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic, Olivier Giroud

Stat Corner

  • Chelsea defeated Arsenal just once in this tournament in their last 13 outings.
  • Arsenal conceded just two goals thus far in the tournament and have been resolute defensively.
  • Chelsea’s top goal-scorer in the tournament is Ross Barkley (3 goals), who remains doubtful to start but could come off the bench.

Also Read: Aubameyang lights up Wembley as Arsenal clinch their 14th FA Cup

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