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London rivals set for crunch FA Cup final

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It will be an all London affair this evening at the magnificent Wembley stadium where city rivals Arsenal and Chelsea will be slugging it out in the 2020 FA Cup final.

The Gunners and the Blues enjoyed contrasting fortunes in the recently concluded Premier League season.

While Frank Lampard’s men secured a top-four finish for Champions League football next season, Mikel Areta’s men are only left with a possible slot in the Europa League.

No two teams have had more success in the FA Cup since the turn of the century than Arsenal and Chelsea, lifting the famous trophy a combined 11 times since 2001.

Going into Saturday’s final, Chelsea have managed just one win in their last 13 FA Cup games against Arsenal, beating them 2-1 in 2009 semi-final, courtesy of goals from Florent Malouda and Didier Drogba.

In all competitions, however, the Blues have lost just two of their last 10 meetings with the Gunners.

The expectations are quite high for today’s final and an explosive encounter is expected.

Stay with PREMIUM TIMES for the Live Updates.

Kickoff is 5.30 p.m.

Arsenal

Starting XI: Martinez; Holding, Luiz, Tierney; Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles; Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang.

Subs: Macey, Sokratis, Torreira, Nelson, Willock, Nketiah, Kolasinac, Smith, Saka.

Chelsea

Starting XI: Caballero; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Mount, Giroud, Pulisic.

Subs: Kepa, Christensen, Tomori, Emerson, Kante, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Pedro, Abraham.

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Kick off at Wembley as Chelsea get the game underway


Arsenal with the first free kick.. Referee Anthony Taylor in charge of this FA Cup final


First chance for Arsenal.. Aubameyang rises up for a header but it is off target


Chelsea respond with a fine chance of thier own but Arsenal keeper Martinez pushes away Mason Mount shot for a corner kick for the Blues


Goal.. Pulisic gives Chelsea an early lead at Wembley


Fantastic assist from Oliver Giroud


Lively start by Chelsea’s Pulisic who fires another shot but Martinez makes a safe this time albeit at the second try


Both managers are on their feet, you can tell they both covet a silverware in their first season at their respective clubs


Mateo Kovacic gets the first yellow card for a foul on, Xhaka


Another free kick for Arsenal from a promising position


Cebalios takes it for Arsenal but its over the bar


Water break for both teams for proper dehydration


Action is back on


Pepe gets the ball in for Arsenal but an offside call denies the Gunners an equaliser


Penalty.. Arsenal given a penalty for a foul on Aubameyang


Goal.. Aubameyang scores from the penalty spot






















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