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Arsenal v Chelsea: Live stream the FA Cup final online or watch on TV with BT Sport

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Arsenal v Chelsea

Premier League champions Chelsea will go for the double when they face Arsenal in the FA Cup final this Saturday.

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Arsenal go into Saturday’s FA Cup final hoping to salvage something from a largely disappointing season that has seen them miss out on Champions League qualification for the first time this century. 

The Gunners finished fifth in the Premier League in a campaign that was dominated by off-field angst and question marks over Arsene Wenger’s future.

Wenger is out of contract at the Emirates Stadium this summer and says he will only reveal his plans after the Cup final but, if this does turn out to be his final game in charge, it would be a fitting way to bow out.

No manager has won the famous old competition more than the Frenchman and he will lift the Cup for a record seventh time if his side can come out of top against their London rivals.

That, of course, will be easier said than done.

Antonio Conte’s Blues enjoyed a fabulous season as they waltzed their way to the Premier League title and will go into Saturday’s contest as clear favourites.

Ironically it was a 3-0 defeat against Arsenal that inadvertently led to a series of events that sparked Chelsea’s title charge.

Conte, furious with what he had seen from his side at the Emirates, switched to a 3-4-3 system and the change inspired Chelsea who then went on a 13-game winning run that put them clear at the top.

Winning the double would add gloss to a fine maiden campaign for the Italian, but he’ll have to get past an FA Cup master first.

Team news

Arsenal go into the FA Cup final with major problems at centre-back after suffering a double blow in Sunday’s Premier League win over Everton.

Laurent Koscielny is suspended after being sent-off for a rogue challenge on Enner Valencia, while Gabriel Paulista was stretchered off after hurting his knee.

Shkodran Mustafi, who missed the Toffees clash with illness, may recover in time to play. Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could also be available after returning to training this week.

There are no such problems at Chelsea, and manager Antonio Conte could have a fully fit squad available for the trip to Wembley.
The big decision facing the Italian is to decide as to whether William or Pedro will take the final place in his front three.

Betting odds

Arsenal - 4/1

Chelsea - 3/4

Key statistics

  • This will be the second FA Cup final contested between Arsenal and Chelsea. The Gunners triumphed in the 2002 FA Cup Final in Cardiff 2-0, with goals from Ray Parlour and Freddie Ljungberg.
  • This is the first FA Cup final fixture to be played at both the Millennium Stadium and the new Wembley Stadium.
  • A win for Arsenal would see them claim their 13th trophy, moving them one ahead of Manchester United on 12.
  • If Chelsea were to win, it would move them to eight FA Cup trophies alongside Tottenham (third overall).
  • Regardless of the result, it will mean that seven of the last 11 FA Cups will have been won by either Arsenal or Chelsea.
  • Arsene Wenger could win his third FA Cup in four seasons by beating Chelsea. Should his team lift the trophy, he would be set a record for most FA Cup wins as a manager (7, currently on 6 with George Ramsay).
  • Antonio Conte could become the fifth Italian manager to win the FA Cup, with three of the previous four achieving this at Chelsea (Vialli 2000, Ancelotti 2010, Mancini 2011 and Di Matteo 2012).
  • Conte’s only previous domestic cup final as a manager (excluding Super Cups) came at Juventus, losing 2-0 to Napoli in 2011/12.
  • Chelsea haven’t lost any of their last four FA Cup Finals, all of which have been contested at Wembley (2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012). The last team to beat them in an FA Cup Final were in fact Arsenal in 2001/02.
  • The eventual top-flight champions have also gone on to win the FA Cup on 11 of the 18 occasions they’ve played in the final, most recently Chelsea in 2010. The last team to fail to win the double having reached the final was Manchester United in 2007.
  • This is Arsenal’s 20th FA Cup final appearance, the most in history. They haven’t lost any of their last five FA Cup Finals since losing to Liverpool in 2001.
  • Theo Walcott is the top-scoring player left in the competition with five goals. He scored the opening goal for Arsenal in their 2015 final win over Aston Villa (4-0).
  • Pedro has scored four times and assisted another two Chelsea goals en route to the FA Cup Final. A Spaniard has scored in the FA Cup final in two of the last three years (Santi Cazorla 2014 and Juan Mata 2016).
  • Pedro is the only Chelsea player to reach double figures for both goals (13) and assists (11) in all competitions this season.
  • John Terry is the only current Chelsea player still at the club who was part of the squad that beat Liverpool in 2012. He has been captain for Chelsea’s last four FA Cup wins.
  • The Gunners have won each of their last six games at Wembley. This is their best run at the ground (new or old).
  • Arsenal defeated Chelsea 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium back in September 2016 – this is still the heaviest defeat that Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side have suffered.
  • Chelsea have lost just twice in their last 13 games against Arsenal in all competitions (W8 D3), however one of those defeats was at Wembley (2015/16 Community Shield).
  • This will be Arsene Wenger’s 57th game against Chelsea as Arsenal boss – he’s won as many as he’s lost (W21 D14 L21).
  • Alexis Sanchez has been involved in 44 goals in 50 appearances for Arsenal so far in 2016-17 (29 goals, 15 assists).

Further reading

The FA Cup in numbers

FA Cup final - the big talking points

Chelsea's route to the FA Cup final

Arsenal's route to the FA Cup final

Chelsea look to keep momentum ahead of FA Cup final with Arsenal

Antonio Conte urges Chelsea players to turn great season into fantastic season

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