Arsenal vs Chelsea LIVE: Team news and line ups confirmed, FA Cup final latest updates
ARSENAL vs CHELSEA | LIVE!
- Arsenal have won both of their previous FA Cup finals against Chelsea: 2-0 in 2002 and 2-1 in 2017
- Since his FA Cup debut in 2013, Olivier Giroud has scored 16 goals in the competition – second only to Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero
- The Gunners have not lost an FA Cup final at Wembley since a 1-0 defeat by West Ham in 1980
- This is Chelsea’s 14th FA Cup final; only Arsenal (21) and Manchester United (20) have reached more
- Chelsea’s only win in their past nine FA Cup clashes with the Gunners came in the 2009 semi-final
Arsenal XI: Martinez; Holding, Luiz, Tierney; Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles; Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang
Chelsea XI: Caballero; Rudiger, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Alonso, Kovacic, Jorginho, James; Mount, Abraham, Pulisic
The teams have been announced, folks. Bukayo Saka has to settle for a place on the bench, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles starts. N’Golo Kante is back in the squad but is among the substitutes. Big Willy Caballero starts ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga. Willian not involved at all.
Arsenal XI: Martinez; Holding, Luiz, Tierney; Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles; Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
Subs: Macey, Sokratis, Kolasinac, Torreira, Smith, Willock, Nelson, Saka, Nketiah.
Chelsea XI: Caballero; Rudiger, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Alonso, Kovacic, Jorginho, James; Mount, Abraham, Pulisic.
Subs: Kepa, Christensen, Tomori, Emerson, Kante, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Pedro, Abraham.
Who needs it more?
Quite a straightforward question I’ve asked myself there.
Arsenal. Arsenal need it more. The Gunners finished in eighth position – their lowest league finish for a quarter of a century.
Mikel Arteta knows the importance of qualifying for European football. It’s not only the financial aspect and prestige – but recruitment could be made a lot easier.
Chelsea, on the other hand, finished in fourth, secured Champions League football and have already made two stonking signings. Could be the icing on the cake I suppose.
Frank Lampard’s side will be urged on by Wolves and that’s because they will qualify for the Europa League if Chelsea win today.
Hello everyone and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Arsenal vs Chelsea from Wembley Stadium.
Nice to see you again. I’d quite missed you since… well… six days ago.
The Premier League campaign is wrapped up (a little later than planned) and all that’s left is to dish out those FA Cup winners’ medals.
And today’s final is a familiar one.
No fixture has been played more in the FA Cup final than Arsenal vs Chelsea. It’s also the 21st time they’ve met in the competition.
It’s the big one folks. Settle down and enjoy! Team news and line ups coming shortly. Standby…
ARSENAL vs CHELSEA | TEAM NEWS
Arsenal are expected to have defender Hector Bellerin available for today’s FA Cup final at Wembley.
The Spaniard missed the victory over Watford on the final day of the season with a calf injury but he resumed training earlier this week.
Cedric Soares is cup-tied, while Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari, Shkodran Mustafi and Gabriel Martinelli all remain sidelined.
Chelsea pair N’Golo Kante and Willian have returned from their respective injuries.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek sustained a minor injury in training on Thursday and has been ruled out.
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