Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny will miss the FA Cup final against Chelsea this weekend after he received a red card over the weekend while Gabriel is also set to miss the game after picking up an injury during Arsenal’s 3-1 victory over Everton on Sunday.
Chelsea legend Pat Nevin believes Arsenal losing two key players added to the torment of missing out on Champions League football next season can make the Gunners very dangerous opponents for Chelsea.
“Obviously the news coming out of Arsenal has been less than positive for our opponents with Laurent Koscielny out and Gabriel also struggling after their win against Everton,” Nevin wrote on Chelsea’s official website.
“Add to that the torment of finally losing out on next season’s Champions League involvement and a variety of dilemmas in the upper management and, all in all, it is not a great time for the Gunners.
“The thing is, that could make them even more dangerous. Their players will certainly be up for it, especially those who think they might be leaving in the summer. They would love to go out on a high with a major trophy and of course they are now serious underdogs in the eyes of most people, which takes the pressure off to some degree.
“It is also worth remembering that Arsenal are on a good run of form at the moment, with five wins in a row and a combined score of 13-2 during those matches.”