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Team News
Arsenal
  • David Ospina is set to start in goal against Chelsea today.
  • Gabriel Paulista and with Laurent Koscienly are both ruled out of the clash, then Per Mertesacker could feature. Skhodran Mustafi is still recovering from Mustafi a head injury suffered against Sunderland last Tuesday.
  • Wenger is also doubtful about Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Chelsea

  • Antonio Conte has no serious concerns ahead of FA Cup final against Arsenal.

Predicted Line-Ups

Arsenal XI: Ospina; Holding, Mertesacker, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Gibbs; Ozil, Sanchez; Welbeck

Chelsea XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Hazard; Costa

Kick-Off: 5:30pm BST on Saturday May 27

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Nemanja Matic wants to add another trophy to his collection tomorrow when Chelsea will face Arsenal in the Fa Cup final at Wembley.

“It’s true, The FA Cup is a very important competition,” – Matic told the Fa official website – “I found that out quickly when I came here the first time and recognised it is something special for the fans and the club. It has similar importance to the league for the supporters of every club, and now we’re here in the Final, there’s a chance and we have to take it. But we’ll be respectful of Arsenal, we know this will be their last chance to win something this season so they will be ready for us and will have been focused on this game since the semi-final, because they know The FA Cup is very important.”

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Thibaut Courtois speaks ahead of the Fa Cup final vs Arsenal: Chelsea goalkeeper remembers the 3-0 loss at Emirates Stadium and recognises that, from that day, things have been very different at Stamford Bridge.

“Yes. We know that game against Arsenal in September was bad”. – Courtois explains – We lost 3-0 that day and we obviously don’t want to lose against them again now. It was a wake-up call for us back then that we couldn’t allow what happened the previous year to happen again. We know as a team that we are stronger than Arsenal and are confident, but we can’t underestimate them or think we will win it easily.”

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Aaron Ramsey spoke ahead of FA Cup final against Chelsea. The Wales international told Arsenal‘s website: “I think the way we started the [home] game in the first half was very good.

“We won the game in the first half really. We were very quick, we counter-attacked well, closed them down, got about them and everything seemed to come together on that day.

Then Ramsey added: “I’m sure something similar will be required to beat them in the final as well.

“It was a different game [away] and we perhaps let individuals have a bit too much space. Hazard went on a bit of a run and put the ball in the net.

“We can’t let that happen again, we have to be right in his face and stop that at source.”

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Ajax forward Bertrand Traore has admitted he wants to take part of Antonio Conte‘s squad next season after his successful loan spell in the Eredivisie.

“I will go with the national team and after that take some rest. - the Burkina-Faso star claimed – Then I will go back to Chelsea and have a talk – we will see”.

“That’s my hope, that was the key when I came to Ajax – play as many [games] as I could, do well, and try to go back to Chelsea”.

Then Traore added: “I think I had a great season but I don’t decide to stay at Chelsea or move. I will see what my future will be”.

 

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Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma could feature in FA Cup final against Arsenal tomorrow afternoon.

The Frenchman said: “We had a good season, we are champions and we are in the final of the FA Cup, but we are going to Wembley to win the double”. 

“We wanted to bounce back. We won the league and we are very happy with that but we have another difficult game to play and if we get the double, it will be good for us. We have forgotten already last season”.

Zouma was played as right-back in Chelsea’s home game against Watford, when the Blues beat Walter Mazzarri’s men in a tough clash. “The last game I played, I played on the right side. I feel great. – he said – We do a lot of tactical work, watch a lot of videos and everybody knows what to do. We are confident, we have a strong team but they have a strong team also”. 

“We haven’t won the game yet, we haven’t played yet. We are focused. We know it is going to be difficult. We know it is just one game, one final and we know that finals are always tough”. 

Chelsea and Arsenal have booked their place in the FA Cup final, and Zouma reckons the magnificence of Wembley: “A big crowd, the stadium will be full and it is a London derby. So let’s see what’s going on there but we are ready to win.”

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The Fa Cup final on Saturday at Wembley will give Chelsea the chance not only to complete the Double, but also to revenge their 3-0 loss at Emirates Stadium last September.

“We still think about it”, – Victor Moses said. – “We lost two games in a row then, against Liverpool and Arsenal. We felt very sad after that game. They beat us at the Emirates but we switched to 3-4-3, which is the manager’s favourite formation, and it’s worked for us this season. Teams are finding it very hard to break us down. We’ve got the league title and they’re going to want to win because they missed out on the top four. We’re going to try and stop them because we want the Double”.

 

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Injured and suspended players are a “nightmare” for Arsene Wenger ahead of the Fa Cup final vs Chelsea.

Koscielny was sent off last Sunday vs Everton, Gabriel is injured and also Mustafi is not sure to play at Wembley.

“It just shows you how unpredictable football can be because we played at home, your mind is on attacking, and on the day we lost two centre backs,” – Wenger told Arsenal’s official website. – “It’s absolutely unbelievable and unpredictable, and we have been hit hard in a position where we will need to be strong on Saturday. We’ll have to find solutions and hopefully I will find the good solutions. I have to decide until Saturday whether to keep a back three or not: we’ll test that in training until then.”

 

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In his pre-match press conference, Arsenal‘s manager Arsene Wenger said that winning the Fa Cup final will be a good and deserved reward for what the team has done in the last few months:

“I think the team has redressed very well the situation on the sporting side. That will be a good crowning of what we have done in the last two months. The team has given so much, I think they really want to win something”.

Arsene Wenger reflected also on the fact Arsenal will not be favourites on Saturday at Wembley. “The pressure was of course very high against Hull in 2014 and Aston Villa in 2015, but especially against Hull because we had not won a trophy for a while”. – the French manager said – “This time we are not favourites, it’s quite even or maybe Chelsea are even ahead, so it’s a bit similar to what happened in the semi-final against Manchester City”.

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Chelsea defender David Luiz will likely feature in the FA Cup final against Arsenal this weekend. The Brazilian centre-back, speaking ahead of the clash, said: “We have to concentrate to train hard every day to be in the best shape to play this final,”

“I think when you play for a big club you need to have this kind of ambition to play to win every competition so we know we’ll play against a fantastic team, fantastic players in good shape.

Then David Luiz added: “They have fantastic players and an amazing coach so we need to be in our high level to win this final.”

“It is an historic competition so it’s always amazing to have this kind of opportunity to play in this kind of final.”

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