Arsenal v Chelsea
Emirates FA Cup Final
Saturday 1st August 2020
Arsenal’s Europa League hopes will be decided when they look for a record-extending 14th FA Cup Victory against Chelsea in Saturday’s final at Wembley. Victory would give Mikel Arteta his first trophy as Arsenal Manager after just a few months in charge at The Emirates. The Gunners have an impressive recent record in The FA Cup winning the Competition on 3 occasions in the last 6 years beating Hull in 2013/14 (3-2) Aston Villa 2014/15 (4-0) and Chelsea 2016/17 (2-1). Defeat for Arsenal would mean a first season of no European Football in over 25 Years.
Mikel Arteta named a strong team for last weekends final Premier League game with Watford and they ran out 3-2 winners albeit having led 3-0 early on. Arsenal have reached the Final having beaten Leeds Utd (1-0) Portsmouth (2-0) Bournemouth (2-1) Sheffield Utd (2-1) and Man City (2-0). The Semi Final against Man City was arguably the best performance since Arteta took over the reigns from Unai Emery. Although Pierre Emerick-Aubamayang won all the plaudits for his two goals it was the resiliance Arsenal showed which was most surprising. They defended really well and City simply ran out of ideas.
Arsenal will be without Bernd Leno for the Wembley showpiece but Emi Martinez has been in fine form since he took over from the German and Leno may find it tough to get his place back next season. Shkodran Mustafi was injured in the win over City and will also miss out against Chelsea, he joins Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers and Gabriel Martinelli on the injury table and not available for selection. The Premier League Fixtures this season ended with a win for Chelsea at The Emirates and a draw at Stamford Bridge but Arsenal are a much better team now and can be backed at 12/5 (888Sport) to win in 90 Minutes.
Chelsea secured a Champions League place for 2020/21 last Sunday with a 2-0 win over Wolves at Stamford Bridge which will be a huge feather in the cap of both Frank Lampard and his players. Saturdays Final will be the first chance for Lampard to secure some silverware since becoming a manger just 2 years ago. The Blues have won the FA Cup on 8 occasions and on 5 occasions since the turn of the century including a victory over Man Utd at Wembley 2 years ago through an Eden Hazard Penalty.
Lampard named his strongest line up against Wolves on Sunday and his players delivered for him and it is unlikely that the starting team will change too much. Chelsea have had a tricky run to the final and beaten 3 of the top 5 teams in the country along the way. The have beaten Nottingham Forest (2-0) Hull City (2-1) Liverpool (2-0) Leicester City (1-0) and a 3-1 victory over Man Utd in the Semi Final to reach the Wembley Final. Despite 2 howlers from David de Gea in the United goal Chelsea were full value for the victory.
Chelsea are rightly favourites to lift the trophy having finished a full 10 points above there London rivals and also taken 4 point from the 2 Games this season. Lampard has a couple of selection headaches to decide over with N’Golo Kante still struggling with a hamstring injury and William missed the Wolves game with injury but has been one of Chelsea’s best in recent weeks although he still remains to sign a contract extension for next season and beyond. If either or both are fit Lampard will have to decide what part they play. Billy Gilmour will definitely miss out having had surgery last month. Chelsea are a best price 11/10 (Ladbrokes) to repeat the 2016/17 Victory over The Gunners
Last 6 – H2H
|24 Jan 2018||Arsenal v Chelsea||2-1||League Cup|
|18 Aug 2018||Chelsea v Arsenal||3-2||Premier League|
|19 Jan 2019||Arsenal v Chelsea||2-0||Premier League|
|29 May 2019||Chelsea v Arsenal||4-1||UEFA Europa League|
|29 Dec 2019||Arsenal v Chelsea||1-2||Premier League|
|21 Jan 2020||Chelsea v Arsenal||2-2||Premier League|