FA CUP FINAL MATCH PREVIEW: ARSENAL VS CHELSEA

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Kick Off: Saturday, 27 May, 2017. 16:30 GMT.

Venue: Wembley Stadium

It’s the last game of the season for both sides in England’s oldest cup competition, and we’d get to see one London derby before we call the season a wrap.

Chelsea are motivated to lift the FA Cup and win the double to wrap up a very successful season that started on the low. For Arsenal, it’s just an opportunity to save their very poor season as they’ll miss out on next season’s Champions League after finishing the season in 5th position.

Chelsea beat Tottenham 4-2 in the semifinal to get to this stage, while Arsenal beat Manchester City 2-1 to reach the final.

Chelsea head into this fixture in good form; the Blues have won their last seven games in all competitions.

Arsenal ended the season on a high in terms of winning games, as the Gunners have won six of their last seven games in all competitions.

While Chelsea have a good record against Arsenal in recent times, the Gunners have dominated the Blues in recent times. Seven of the last eight FA Cup ties between Arsenal and Chelsea have been won by Arsenal. However, Chelsea came out on top in the last meeting – a 2-1 semi-final win in 2009.

Chelsea have a good record against Arsenal albeit. The Blues have won eight of the last 13 encounters (D3, L2) between both sides in all competitions.

Chelsea have been victorious in their last four FA Cup final appearances, all by single-goal margins, and Chelsea have won the cup seven times.

One thing Chelsea know how to do in the Roman Abramovich era is to win titles. 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).

My Prediction: Chelsea will win the game by two goal margin and will be crowned FA Cup champions.

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VICTOR N
Chelsea is more than just a football club to me; it's a passion I share, and my affinity with the Chelsea badge is one that will last forever. As far as watching my favourite team is concerned, I'd rather miss a meal than miss a Chelsea game.