Arsenal vs Chelsea FA Cup Preview
Arsenal’s only hope of playing in the Europa League next season lies in the FA Cup final against Chelsea today Saturday August 1, 2020 at Wembley.
The Gunners finished the Premier League in eight position with 56points, ten points behind the Blues who sealed a Champions League spot on matchday 38 after beating Wolves 2-0 at Stamford Bridge occupying the fourth place on the table at the end of the season with 66points.
On their way to the final Arsenal beat holders Manchester City 2-0 in the Semi-finals, while Chelsea defeated Manchester United 3-1 in the second semi-final to reach the final.
Mikel Arteta the Arsenal boss will be looking forward to win his first trophy since he succeeded Unai Emery while Frank Lampard on the other hand will also be looking forward to win his first silverware with the Blues.
They both won the FA Cup trophy as players while playing for the club they are now in charge as head coach.
Arsenal’s injury list includes; Shkodran Mustafi, Gabriel Martinelli, Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari who are all sidelines, while Bernd Leno is not hundred percent fit.
Chelsea have fewer injury problems as Billy Gilmour is their only player sideline by injury while N’Golo Kante is back in training but is likely not to start having missed the last six matches.
Overall, Arsenal have won more games in the rivalry’s history, having won 76 times to Chelsea’s 65, with 59 draws.
Possible Starting XI:
Arsenal: Martinez; Holding, Luiz, Tierney; Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka; Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang
Chelsea: Caballero; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso; Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount; Hudson-Odoi, Pulisic, Giroud
Asernal form guide in the Premier League: D-L-W-W-L-W
Chelsea form guide in the Premier League: W-L-W-W-L-W
5:30 PM Nigerian Time
Prediction: Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea
Reporter: Baatee Barinaa-iyalo