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Gary Cahill will feature in his first FA Cup final on Saturday, and a win against Arsenal on Saturday will add one more FA Cup medal to his medal haul.

Injury prevented Cahill from playing in the 2012 FA Cup final, and the stand-in skipper is looking forward to winning it again and this time as a player on the pitch.

He told the official Chelsea website: “I have been fortunate enough to have all the trophies in England but it is the one I have wanted to do again for the obvious reason I would have loved to have played in the final.

“One hundred per cent the FA Cup means a lot to me. I don’t know why people talk about it as if the shine has gone off it. For me it is the big cup competition in England and it always has been since I have been a kid, the one that everyone wants to get to and everyone wants to win, the one everyone watches as a kid so there is no shine off it for me. It is still huge.”

This year’s FA Cup final will be a classic cup final – as Chelsea and Arsenal will continue their feisty rivalry and bring the local derby to the FA Cup.

“I cannot remember watching a cup final when it has not been a nice day so hopefully it will be the same,” says Cahill. “It is all teed up to be a great game – two big-name clubs going head to head. Arsenal have a big reputation in this competition in the past few years and there is no motivation needed. It is a cup final and we are preparing well this week to be ready for that, and we hope we can finish the season on a high.”

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