Arsenal vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

FA Cup final for 2019/20 campaign will be held at Wembley Stadium this evening as Arsenal lock horns with their London rivals Chelsea, who eliminated Manchester United to reach last stage of the competitions.

An end will be drawn on the 2019/20 domestic campaign in England this weekend as Gunners go head to head against the Blues in all-London FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium, with both teams looking to end the season with silverware.

For Mikel Arteta & co. it will be more than just silverware on the line, as a win on Saturday evening would earn them a place in the Uefa Europa League for next season which they missed out after finishing eighth in the Premier League.

Mikel Arteta’s men, who eliminated Sheffield United in quarter-final stage of the competitions, saw off the currently champions Manchester City in the semi-finals stage to reach the last round of the competitions.

Chelsea, on the other hand, defeated Leicester City in quarter-final before comprehensively beating Manchester United to make their way to the finals stage.

Having led the Stamford Bridge outfit to fourth in the Premier League, Frank Lampard will eyeing his first-ever trophy as manager to round off what has been quite an impressive debut season at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal failed to win in both their meeting against Chelsea in the 2019/20 Premier League (D1 L1). And ahead of their latest meeting in the cup final at Wembley, Sportarena takes a closer look at both the teams.

Team News & Tactics

Arsenal

Arsenal will once again without Pablo Mari, Gabriel Martinelli, Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi.

Bernd Leno is unlikely to available either, while Cedric Soares is cup-tied. However, Hector Bellerin is likely to be available for Saturday, after missing the Gunners’ final league game against Watford that ended in a 3-2 win at Emirates stadium.

Probable Lineup (3-4-3): Martinez; Holding, Luiz, Tierney; Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka; Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang

Chelsea

Chelsea have been boosted by the return of N’Golo Kante, who is back to full fitness, while Willian has also recovered from an ankle problem to be available for selection. However, midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek misses out with a fresh injury. He joins youngster Billy Gilmour outon the sidelines.

Probable Lineup (3-4-3): Caballero; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger; James, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso; Mount, Giroud, Pulisic

Key Stats

  • Arsenal have won both of their previous FA Cup finals against Chelsea – 2-0 in 2002 and 2-1 in 2017.
  • Chelsea, though, have won their other two meetings in major finals, beating Arsenal 2-1 in the 2007 League Cup and 4-1 in last year’s Europa League final in Baku.
  • Arsenal have reached the FA Cup final a record 21 times and have also won the competition 13 times – more than any other side. On the other hand, this is Chelsea’s 14th FA Cup final – only Arsenal and Manchester United (20) have reached more.
  • Chelsea’s only win in their past nine FA Cup encounters against the Gunners came in the 2009 semi-final.
  • Since his FA Cup debut in 2013, Olivier Giroud has scored 16 goals in the competition – only Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero has netted more.

Key men

Chelsea (Christian Pulisic)

It took some time, but Chelsea’s signing of Christian Pulisic is starting to pay off in a big way. The American star was slow to start off with, but has exploded in the second half of the campaign, especially since the campaign restarted post lockdown in June. So far, the 21-year-old has netted 12 goals and registered six assists in all 33 matches for Chelsea this season.

Pulisic’s remarkable performance against Liverpool in Chelsea’s penultimate Premier League clash showcased his array of abilities. If he is in his elements at the Wembley, an Arsenal backline, that has looked far from assured over the course of the season, will be in for a difficult outing.

Arsenal (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang)
Aubameyang, currently form could be a major threat for Chelsea back-line, who faced significant criticism in 2919/20 campaign.

The Gabon international has been one of the sharpest striker since arrival at Emirates in January 2018 from German side Borussia Dortmund and he has received glowing praise across the soccer world for his outstanding performer.

The 31-year-old, who scored 27 goals in all competitions for Arsenal this term, showcased his array of abilities during semi-finals stage of the competitions as he scored all his goals to eliminated Manchester City.

Aubameyang was also score-sheet in their last Premier League game against Watford that ended 3-2 win, and with his remarkable form, Mikel Arteta’s side can come out with victory at Wembley stadium on Saturday evening.

Kick-off at 5:30PM

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