London rivals lock horns for third time in FA Cup Final

London rivals lock horns for third time in FA Cup Final

Last update: 1 August 2020 Tags: Chelsea, Arsenal, FA Cup. Categories: FA Cup.

For the third time this century the London giants clash in the FA Cup Final.

Arsenal will be hoping to complete the trilogy having beaten Chelsea in their previous two FA Cup Final meetings.

The London giants meet at Wembley behind closed doors, the 139th time the event has been hold.

Mikel Arteta and Frank Lampard both former players are eyeing their first silverware in their debut season as managers.

A win for Arteta’s men will secure qualification for next season’s Europa League.

FA Cup record winning holders Arsenal have not beaten the blues this season.

Chelsea are overwhelming favourites, having finished the Premier League season 10 points ahead of the gunners.

In his first season as boss Frank Lampard guided his men to fourth, has navigated a transfer ban and suffered the exit of Eden Hazard.

Frank Stapleton is the only player in the Cup’s 148-year history to score for and against the same side in a FA Cup final.

Stapleton scored for Arsenal against Manchester United in 1979 and for Manchester United against Brighton in 1983.

In form Olivier Giroud will be looking to join Stapleton in the record books.

Giroud completed Arsenal’s 4-0 hammering against Aston Villa in 2015 and goes into Saturday’s final brimming with confidence having scored in his last four appearances.

Arsenal have triumphed in the FA Cup final, consecutively winning their last six.

In their last 13 FA Cup games against Arsenal Chelsea have only beaten the Gunners once, being them 2-1 in the 2009 Semi – Final.

In all competitions the Blues have lost just two of their last 10 ten meetings against Arsenal.

Arteta is only the second man behind George Graham to manage the Gunners in a FA Cup Final having also played for them.

Arteta’s men will be looking for the club’s 14th Fa Cup title whilst Chelsea will be gunning for revenge having lost their previous two FA Cup finals against Arsenal.

2002: Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0

Arsenal lost the final 2-1 to Liverpool the previous year.

Chelsea were a true force having won the FA Cup in 1997 for the second time.

Long range shots from Freddie Ljunberg and Ray Parlour in the second half sealed Arsenal’s victory in Cardiff.

Arsenal went on to dominate the FA Cup Finals in Cardiff, retaining the Cup the following year and beating Manchester United in 2005 on penalties.

This match secured Arsenal’s first part of the double, winning the League the following week away at Manchester United.

2017: Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1

In this gloriously entertaining final Chelsea were going for the double having won the League that season.

Arsenal were riddled with injuries with defender Per Mertesacker playing his first full match of the season

Arsenal produced a dominate display going ahead in the fourth minute with a goal from Alexis Sanchez.

Chelsea’s Victor Moses was sent off in the 68 minute.

10 man Chelsea fought back to 1-1 due to a strike from Diego Costa rocking Arsenal.

Arsenal instantly replied with Ramsey heading in a goal up the Arsenal end sending the legions of Arsenal fans crazy.

Ramsey’s 2nd winning cup final stopped Chelsea from completing the double.

Going into this final the Blues are firm favourites but the Gunners may upset Chelsea once again.

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