Saturday, May 27, 2017

Arsenal vs Chelsea 
Competition: English FA Cup Final

Arsenal FC team won at the beginning of the season, when they were at the top of Premier League, but, later on, they paid a high price for playing in Europe. On top of it came already traditional problems with injuries and at one point it was questionable whether Arsenal FC will play in Europe next year or not. However, Arsenal kicked into higher gear in the finish of the season when the team won five matches in a row, but it was too late to reach some of the positions that lead to the UEFA Champions League and they reached just the Europe League being the fifth in the table.
Arsenal have ended the season having just one point fewer than fourth-placed Liverpool so they definitely have something to be sorry about, especially as everyone got used to see them in the group phase of the UEFA Champions League. However, coach, Wenger, players must leave all that behind themselves as they have to focus on the final of FA Cup, where will face Chelsea team. In the semi-final, Arsenal eliminated Manchester City after extra time. Let’s add that Saturday’s match will skip suspended stopper Koscielny, while besides injured Paulista, Cazorla and Perez, who will not play for sure. And for midfielder Oxlade-Chamerlain is questionable as he hasn’t fully recovered.
Unlike Arsenal FC for which the FA Cup is in fact the only chance to save the season, their city rival Chelsea team, will try to verify its dominance from the English Premier League on Saturday in the FA Cup, especially as they have no problems with injuries before the final match at Wembley Stadium, London.  Besides, Chelsea’s winning streak is longer than of Arsenal, it is seven-game long, six in the league and one in the FA Cup semi-final over another city rival, Tottenham.
In the end of season, the Spurs, were their only rivals in the race to the title of English Champion, but, coach Conte's players, were maximally focused in each and every game and didn’t care too much about reputation of their opponents. In the last two rounds, regardless of having no result imperative, they won Watford and Sunderland and scored nine goals in the process. Those are all good news for Conte ahead of this face-off with Arsenal’s very vulnerable defence.

Probable lineups:
Arsenal FC: Cech – Holding, Mustafi, Monreal – Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Gibbs – Ozil, Sanchez – Welbeck
Chelsea: Courtois – Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill – Moses, Matic, Kante, Alonso – Pedro, Costa, Hazard

Date: 27 May 2017
Kick-off Time: 17:30 GMT
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London.

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