- Chelsea vs Arsenal take centre stage in the FA Cup final
- Both sides have fairly strong squad to call up for the Wembley showdown
- Arsenal however have a mild defensive crisis while Chelsea have been handed a boost with the return of N’golo Kante
Arsenal and Chelsea are set to renew their London rivalry with everything at stake in their respective seasons for the FA Cup final on Saturday, August 1.
In what has been quite the odd 2019/2020 season, the FA Cup final comes at a time when usually fans are excited about the community shield.
Arsenal and Chelsea fans won’t mind, however, and will only have eyes on their side as they hope to lift the trophy in England’s oldest competition.
The Gunners crept to the final after beating Manchester City 2-0 in the semi-final, with Pep Guardiola seemingly more intent on the Champions League.
Chelsea, on the other hand, overcame bitter rivals Manchester United 2-1 in the semis to set up a London derby final.
Ahead of the game, both sides have fairly strong squads with Frank Lampard set to drop out of favor keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The Spaniard was dropped for the last league game of the season after a series of blunders in the past few games nearly cost The Blues a place in the top four.
Chelsea will be happy at the news that N’golo Kante declared himself fit just in time for the final, while Wembley specialist Olivier Giroud is set to lead the line.
Notably, Giroud has won 12 of his 13 appearances at the National stadium.
Christian Pulisic is also fit after a stubborn injury in recent weeks while outgoing winger Willian could feature in possibly his final game for Lampard.
Predicted Chelsea line up: Willy Caballero (goalkeeper) Caballero; Ceazar Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger; Reece James, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso; Christian Pulisic, Olivier Giroud, Mason Mount.
For Arsenal, Bernd Leno is back in training but Emiliano Martinez is almost certainly going to be in goal.
Because of Shkodran Mustafi’S injury, Rob Holding might take up the key role in centre back alongside David Luiz and Kieran Tierney.
At wingback, the key contenders are Bukayo Saka and Matiland-Niles, with the latter likely to be given the nod after his performance against Manchester City in the semis.
Here is the predicted Arsenal line up: Martinez; Holding, Luiz, Tierney; Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles; Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Mikel Arteta who is the manager of Premier League side Arsenal has confirmed that the FA Cup final clash against Chelsea won't be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's last game for the Gunners.
There have been serious talks concerning the future of the Gabonese footballer who joined the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund.
Arsenal at the just concluded Premier League season failed to qualify for the Champions League and many are of the opinion that Aubameyang may leave after the FA Cup final against the Blues if the Gunners do not win the competition.
A defeat against Chelsea for the Gunners will see them also miss out in the Europa League next season.
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