Chelsea will face Arsenal at Wembley in the 2017 FA Cup final tomorrow, with the Blues chasing a rare domestic double, whilst trying to prevent the Gunners claiming their third FA Cup trophy in four years.
Premier League champions Chelsea are looking to secure their first league and FA Cup double since 2010, while victory over Arsenal would bring about their 15th major trophy under owner Roman Abramovich.
Meanwhile, the Gunners will hope a forgettable campaign can end with a record 13th FA Cup crown (currently tied with Man Utd on 12).
Chelsea are the clear favourites heading into the clash, with the two London sides finishing 18 points apart in the Premier League.
Arsenal are short of defenders, with Laurent Koscielny suspended, Gabriel injured and both Kieran Gibbs and Shkodran Mustafi major fitness doubts.
Per Mertesacker could start his first game for 13 months if Mustafi fails to recover from concussion in time, or else the Gunners could alter formation.
Gibbs has a thigh problem and will be monitored, but Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should both be fit.
Chelsea are at full strength for Saturday’s game at Wembley.
Blues boss Antonio Conte may have to choose between winger Willian – who has started every FA Cup game this season – and Pedro, who has usually been preferred in league matches.
It also remains to be seen whether Conte picks ex-Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas in midfield or deploys the more defensive-minded Nemanja Matic.
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- Seven of the last eight FA Cup ties between these sides have been won by Arsenal.
- Chelsea came out on top in the last meeting – a 2-1 semi-final win in 2009 – but that is their only FA Cup victory against the Gunners in the last 70 years.
- Overall, the sides have been paired together 13 times in this competition, with Arsenal winning eight ties and Chelsea victorious five times.
- In league and cup, Chelsea have won eight of the last 13 encounters (D3, L2).
- This is only the second FA Cup final in 35 years to feature two London clubs – the other was in 2002 when Arsenal beat Chelsea to claim the Double.
- This will be the Blues’ seventh FA Cup final this century – a joint-high with Arsenal.
- Chelsea have been victorious in their last four FA Cup final appearances, all by single-goal margins.
- Their last FA Cup final defeat was the 2-0 loss to Arsenal in Cardiff in 2002.
- Overall, they have won the FA Cup seven times and been runners-up on four occasions.
- The Blues have won nine of 11 major finals under the ownership of Roman Abramovich – with their two defeats both coming in 2008 (the Champions League final versus Manchester United and League Cup final against Tottenham).
- Chelsea, who were Double winners in 2010, can become only the third team to achieve the feat more than once, following in the footsteps of Manchester United and Arsenal (who have three each).
- Antonio Conte’s only major final as a coach was in 2012, when his Juventus side were beaten 2-0 by Napoli in the Coppa Italia – meaning they missed out on the Double.
- Arsenal are playing in a record 20th FA Cup final. They can become the first side to win the competition 13 times; they are currently level with Manchester United on 12 wins.
- Arsene Wenger can become the most successful manager in the FA Cup. He is currently tied with George Ramsay, who won the competition six times with Aston Villa.
- Victory would be Wenger’s 10th major Arsenal honour – he has won six FA Cups and three league titles.
- The Gunners have won the trophy in their last five FA Cup final appearances, and in seven of their last eight. Their only defeat in that time came against Liverpool at the Millennium Stadium in 2001.
- Arsenal have only lost one of their last 22 matches in the FA Cup (W19, D2 – with one of those draws followed by a penalty shoot-out win versus Wigan).
- The Gunners are unbeaten in their last seven matches at Wembley Stadium, with six wins and a penalty shoot-out victory against Wigan. Their last defeat there was the 2-1 loss versus Birmingham City in the 2011 League Cup final.
- The last time they lost in the FA Cup away from the Emirates was in 2012 – a 2-0 loss at Sunderland.