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FA Cup final Preview: Arsenal Vs Chelsea.

Winning the FA cup represent the way for Arsenal to qualify for the Europa League after a turbulent and underwhelming season. The Gunners sacked their coach in the course of the season and appointed former captain, Mikel Arteta as coach in what is his first managerial appointment.

Chelsea on the other hand, are aiming to win their 9th FA cup title in Frank Lampard’s first season as Chelsea boss, after guiding the club to a fourth place finish despite having a transfer ban and losing their player of the season in the previous campaign, Eden Hazard.

Both Arsenal and Chelsea coaches have the chance of winning a first title since venturing into coaching. Frank Lampard came so close to guiding Derby County up to the Premier League last season, but lost in the Championship playoff final to Aston Villa.

ARSENAL VS CHELSEA: HEAD TO HEAD

Chelsea thumped Arsenal in the 2019 Europa League final 4-1, denying the Gunners a place in the Champions League and a European trophy, in a match that saw Arsenal capitulating in the second half in Baku.

However, Arsenal defeated Chelsea in the two FA cup finals the both London teams have played against each other, the first in 2002 which was a 2-0 victory and in the 2017 final which was a 2-1 victory to Arsenal.

Chelsea had the better of Arsenal in the just concluded Premier League season, coming from behind to win at the Emirates in what was Mikel Arteta’s first home match as Arsenal coach. The second leg in Stamford Bridge saw 10 men Arsenal battle to a deserved 2-2 draw.

Chelsea have won just one of their last 13 FA cup meetings against Arsenal, drawing 4 and losing 8, winning only the semi final meeting in 2009.

ARSENAL VS CHELSEA: FACTS TO KNOW

Arsenal will be playing in their 21st FA cup final, making them the team with the most FA cup final appearance and of course the Gunners are the team to have won the title more than any other side, having won it 13 times.

Chelsea will be playing in their 14th FA cup final. This will be the 7th appearance in the new Wembley. Chelsea have won 7 of their last 9 FA cup finals, losing the other 2 to Arsenal.

This will be the third time Arsenal and Chelsea will play each other in the final with Arsenal winning the previous two. The fixture will become the most played fixture in the FA cup final history, excluding replays.

Arsenal have won in eight of their last nine FA cup final matches, winning each of their last six FA cup final in a row.

Mikel Arteta will become only the second coach to manage Arsenal in an FA cup final having played in for Arsenal in a final. Gorge Graham was the first to achieve that with the Gunners.

This will be the first FA cup final managed by two coaches who also played for their teams in an FA cup final since 2012 when Roberto di Matteo lead Chelsea defeated Liverpool lead by Sir Kenny Daglish.

Frank Lampard will be the first English man to take charge of Chelsea in a major cup final since Glenn Hoddle in the 199 FA cup final defeat to Manchester United.

Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud will be aiming to become just the second player to score for and against a specific club in separate FA cup final after Frank Stapleton, who scored for Arsenal against Manchester United in the 1979 final and then scoring for the Red Devils against Brighton and Hove Albion in the 1983 final.

Arsenal’s Pirre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored three goals in just two FA cup appearances, with the Gunners captain netting both goals in the semi final against Manchester City.

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