Chelsea and Arsenal will be up against each other in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium this evening. It’s a game both teams are looking forward to and both fans truly want the cup.
For former Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux, who won the FA Cup with Chelsea in 2000, Chelsea’s attack comprising of the likes of Diego Costa and Eden Hazard will punish the Gunners’ weakened defence at Wembley.
Le Saux told Betfair: “The key difference between these two going into the game itself is that the Blues have had a full squad to train with in the week leading up to Saturday.
“Whereas Arsenal have an availability nightmare defensively to contend with – Laurent Koscielny, Gabriel and Shkodran Mustafi are all almost certain to be unavailable.
“It’s possible that Arsene Wenger’s men may have to start Per Mertesacker – who, at 32, has just one appearance under his belt this season – alongside 21-year-old Rob Holding and left-back-by-trade Nacho Monreal in central defence.
“Against the quality of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa – among others – that is less than ideal.
“Alternatively, Arsenal could switch to four at the back, but I think Wenger will be reluctant to do that after a back three has worked so well for him in the latter part of the campaign.
“The recent news that Kieran Gibbs is now also a doubt for the game has hardly helped matters.
“In short, if Arsenal go man-to-man with Chelsea, they’re likely to lose – Antonio Conte’s side are simply a better team, and the Blues’ recent record against Arsenal overall is great.
“But having said that, the Gunners’ record in this competition is fantastic and they have the players to hurt any team.
“As for the game itself, I can see Arsenal growing in confidence as the game goes on provided they don’t concede early, but if Chelsea do get an early goal I think they might go on to get two or three.
“It’s a tough one to call but I can’t get the idea of Chelsea’s attacking threat against that makeshift back line of Arsenal out of my mind.
“As a result I think Chelsea will win it inside 90 minutes and complete a historic double.”