Arsenal vs Chelsea- FA Cup final preview

The last big domestic trophy of the season is up for grabs at Wembley this weekend as Arsenal take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

The game will mark the first time since 2002 that both of these teams have faced each other in the final.

In the Premier League era, Arsenal and Chelsea have been the most successful clubs in this competition with Arsenal winning it seven times and Chelsea winning the cup six times

For Chelsea, they will be looking to complete the league and cup double under Antonio Conte in his first season. Despite the recent speculation linking him to the Inter Milan job.

As for Arsenal, a win on Saturday will be seen as a positive in a disappointing season where they finished outside the top four for the first time in 21 years.

Is this Arsene Wenger’s last game?

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Arsene Wenger is without a shadow of a doubt Arsenal’s greatest ever manager. Over the past 20 years he brought a measurable amount of success to the club, however in recent times and especially this season the pressure has mounted on the Frenchman.

Under Wenger, Arsenal have won three Premier League titles and six FA Cups . In one of his title wins he led the famous invincibles in 2003-04 and the club went undefeated for 49 games.

Fans however have become frustrated due to the lack of progress in the league, aligned with ticket prices and certainly failing to progress from the last 16 in the Champions League.

Arsenal have had some poor performances this season including a 10-2 aggregate defeat against Bayern Munich.

Arsene Wenger is yet to decide his future on the club after being offered a new deal which has caused fans unrest. Fans feel he needs to respect the club and announce whether he is staying or going.

Can Conte do the double in his first season?

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Antonio Conte deserves all the plaudits in the world for guiding Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first season in English football. Conte’s passion and style of play used has ultimately led Chelsea to their second title in three years.

Conte is now in line to join previous Chelsea managers such as Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti in winning a league and cup double in his first season.

Chelsea this season have been the most consistent team in the league and were fully deserving of the league title. The Blues and Conte will be looking to add another FA Cup to the collection on Saturday.

Road to Wembley

Arsenal

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Third round: Preston (A) 2-1

Arsenal squeezed past Championship side Preston with a 2-1 win away at Deepdale. Goals from Aaron Ramsey and an 89th minute from Olivier Giroud got the win for the Gunners.

Fourth round: Southampton (A) 5-0

It was far more comfortable for Arsenal in the fourth round as they recorded an emphatic 5-0 win away at Southampton. Theo Walcott grabbed himself a hat-trick while Danny Welbeck grabbed a brace.

Fifth round: Sutton United (A) 2-0

Arsenal traveled to non-league Sutton United and eventually got the job done by winning 2-0. Sutton showed fight but goals from Lucas Perez and Theo Walcott ended Sutton’s FA Cup run.

Quarter final: Lincoln City (H) 5-0

Arsenal avoided any upsets against Lincoln by beating them comfortably 5-0. Goals from Sanchez, Giroud, Ramsey, Walcott and an own goal from Luke Waterfall put the Gunners into the semi-final.

Semi-final: Manchester City (N) 2-1 AET

This was their first truly big test as they faced Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at Wembley. Sergio Aguero put City ahead but Nacho Monreal equalized forcing extra-time. Alexis Sanchez swept home in extra-time to send Arsenal to their 20th FA Cup final.

Chelsea

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Third round: Peterborough United (H) 4-1

Chelsea kicked off their cup campaign with a comfortable win over Peterborough United. Pedro scored two, as well as goals from Batshuayi and Willian put the Blues into the fourth round.

Fourth round: Brentford (H) 4-0

Another home tie against lower league opposition and Chelsea produced another professional job to see them through. Willian, Pedro, Batshuayi and Ivanovic were on target for Chelsea as they progressed through.

Fifth round: Wolves (A) 2-0

Chelsea traveled to the Molineux to face a Wolves side who knocked out Liverpool in the previous round. Chelsea were made to work for the victory and it took two second half goals from Diego Costa and Pedro to get the win.

Quarter-final: Manchester United (H) 1-0

The tie saw Jose Mourinho return to Stamford Bridge for the second time this season as Chelsea entertained Manchester United. Chelsea narrowly got through with a goal from N’golo Kante allowing them to edge over the line.

Semi-final: Tottenham Hotspur (N) 4-2

A London derby took place between the league champions and the runners-up at Wembley for the semi-final. This game was one of the most memorable to take place at the new Wembley.

Willian bagged himself a set piece brace with Harry Kane’s header making it 2-1 before the break. Dele Alli put Spurs level before Eden Hazard put Chelsea back in front. Nemanja Matic then produced a world class strike putting Chelsea in the final.

Recent Finals

Arsenal

2001: vs Liverpool (L) 2-1

2002: vs Chelsea (w) 2-0

2003: vs Southampton (w) 1-0

2005: vs Manchester United (w) 0-0 (Arsenal won on penalties 5-4)

2014: vs Hull (w) 3-2 (AET)

2015: vs Aston Villa (w) 4-0

Chelsea

2000: vs Aston Villa (W) 1-0

2002: vs Chelsea (L) 2-0

2007: vs Manchester United (W) 1-0

2009: vs Everton (W) 2-1

2010: vs Portsmouth (W) 1-0

2012: vs Liverpool (W) 2-1 

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