OKEKUNLE SUNDAY, IBADAN
Going into Saturday’s final, Chelsea have managed just one win in their last 13 FA Cup games against Arsenal, beating them 2-1 in 2009 semi-vfinal, courtesy of goals from Florent Malouda and Didier Drogba.
In all competitions, however, the Blues have lost just two of their last 10 meetings with the Gunners.
The expectations are quite high for today’s final and an explosive encounter is expected.
The Gunners and the Blues enjoyed contrasting fortunes in the recently concluded Premier League season.
While Frank Lampard’s men secured a top-four finish for Champions League football next season, Mikel Areta’s men are only left with a possible slot in the Europa League.
No two teams have had more success in the FA Cup since the turn of the century than Arsenal and Chelsea, lifting the famous trophy a combined 11 times since 2001.
Starting XI: Martinez; Holding, Luiz, Tierney; Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles; Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
Subs: Macey, Sokratis, Torreira, Nelson, Willock, Nketiah, Kolasinac, Smith, Saka.
Starting XI: Caballero; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Mount, Giroud, Pulisic.
Subs: Kepa, Christensen, Tomori, Emerson, Kante, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Pedro, Abraham