FA Cup final: Arsenal vs Chelsea

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The Arsenal manager tends to deal with the good, bad and ugly of football in a businesslike manner, rarely losing his cool or showing the joy victory can bring. Arsenal have seven, plus an own goal from Lincoln's Luke Waterfall. He has since won the trophy four times - 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012. Club captain John Terry started the game against Sunderland but was substituted after 26 minutes, and given a guard of honor in what was his farewell from the club he has been part of for 22 years. In fact, Wenger is the only foreign manager to have won the cup a couple of times.

Arsenal are under pressure coming into the game, having failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.

Just a year after they pulled off the greatest Champions League final comeback of all time, the Reds took on West Ham in what would be the last final at Cardiff's Millenium Stadium, which hosted the even for half a decade while Wembley was being rebuilt.

Gunners fans have been calling for the club to end Wenger's 21-year reign. This should be a very entertaining game to watch. "My personal situation contributed to that".

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Thibaut Courtois has warned Arsenal that Chelsea's players are determined to cement their names in the record books by winning the FA Cup Final.

Chelsea look suspect to the high ball to me and Olivier Giroud can cause problems for Cahill and Luiz.

Rob Holding, who has produced some excellent performances of late, seems certain to start in any case, with Mertesacker a potential partner for him despite the German's lack of match fitness. If Shkodran Mustafi is not available following a head injury, Wenger may be forced to revert to a four-man back-line.

His Chelsea team stormed to the domestic title, winning 30 of a possible 38 games that is the second most in the Premier League.

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Conte disputed the idea Wenger would leave after the game, as he lauded his Arsenal counterpart as "one of the best managers in history", but it would be impossible for anyone to dispute the idea that the heightened stakes of this match also reflect the heightened status of the FA Cup again. 16 - Arsenal's goal tally in their five ties, including 5-0 wins over Southampton and Lincoln.

The key to Chelsea's success has been their use of the wing-backs. I am always forward.

As is obvious by now, the Gunners' first job is to contain the two, thereby forcing Chelsea to find another way. Craftsman only beat Mark Johnston's Permian by a shoulder in the Epsom Derby Trial though he is clearly seen as a colt who will get better and better as he matures. Gareth Southgate has effectively retired the country's leading goal scorer.

"But we'll be focusing mostly on ourselves and how we want to play". The way we have to do things together, to improve the squad and the team. He will also be aware that if he wishes to extend his global career, David Beckham is the only player to play for England while being at a club outside Europe. It was more like giving myself more time not to rush. No sympathy cards, please.

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Of course, as has been discussed ever since the inception of the Premier League, the FA Cup has been battling for relevancy, but that is a topic for another day, and another day after that, and then after that probably some more.

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