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A mouthwatering London derby is on cards in the 139th FA Cup final pitting Arsenal from North of the capital and Chelsea from West. Both sides overcame tricky opponents in the semis to book their place at Wembley. Spirited Gunners run out 2-0 victors over Manchester City while The Blues overcame an in-form Manchester United 3-1.

A win for the Gunners would mean that they not only lift the cup for a record 14th time but book their place in the Europa League group stages. Chelsea will be itching to cap off their campaign with a trophy after already securing their place in next season’s UEFA Champions League.

Two young managers at the genesis of their careers, Mikel Arteta and Frank Lampard are both yearning to win their first major honor.

Date, Time, Venue and Match officials

The clash takes place at Wembley stadium on Saturday, 1st August 2020 at 7.30pm EAT (5.30pm GMT).

Anthony Taylor who refereed the FA Cup final in 2017 when Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 will be the center referee while Stuart Attwell will be in charge of the VAR.

Head to head

Arsenal have the edge when it comes to the FA Cup, winning 12 of the last 13 meetings with the Blues including the Finals in 2017 and 2002.

In all competitions however, Chelsea have lost just twice in 10 meetings against the Gunners. The Blues won 4-1 win in the Europa League final last season. The meetings this season in the Premier league saw a win for Chelsea and a draw in the second leg.

The overall head to head record stands at 77 wins for the Arsenal, 65 wins for Chelsea and 58 matches have ended as draws

Team news

Shkodran Mustafi is the latest entrant into the Arsenal treatment room after injuring his hamstring in the 2-0 win over Manchester city. Bernd Leno has recently returned to training but this game comes too son for him.Pablo Mari, Gabriel Martinelli, and Calum Chambers are all long-term absentees. Mateo Guendouzi and Mesut Ozil will not make the match day squad after being exiled from the first team. 

Youngster Billy Gilamour is a long-term absentee after undergoing surgery. Chelsea may have N’golo Kante back for the fixture after he trained with the team this week.

Key Men

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has been lethal since his arrival in England. His brace against gunned down Manchester City in the semi-finals. He has scored 27 goals in all competitions.

Dani Ceballos has been in fine form since the Lock down while Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe will be a threat going forward.

Former Arsenal striker Oliver Giroud has been handful since the restart. He has scored 7 goals in 10 matches. A constant threat in the air and a nightmare for defenders.

Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount have been dazzling are will be looking to give Frank Lampard’s side the edge in the final.

Predicted Lineups

Arsenal: 3-4-3

Martinez; Bellerin, Holding, David Luiz, Tierney, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Ceballos, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Pepe

Chelsea: 3-4-3

Caballero; James, Azpillicueta, Zouma, Rudiger, Alonso, Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount Giroud, Pulisic

The setting for the final may be different due to the corona virus pandemic but two familiar foes are set to square it off for a piece of silverware.

Will it be Arsenal for a record 14th time or Chelsea for the the 9th time??

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