31 July 2020 18:38
Arsenal will take on Chelsea in the final and the fact that it is a London derby means that adding to the usual pressure, bragging rights are at stake. Mikel Arteta would be hoping his Arsenal side can claim the trophy for a record 14th time and end the season on a high after a largely disappointing campaign. Frank Lampard, however, would want to make his successful season even more so and with Chelsea trailing 3-0 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, this looks like his last chance of winning silverware this season. In this tactical analysis, we will preview the tactics of both Arsenal and Chelsea and look at how the sides may fare in the final. Both sides have had issues in defence and when it comes to a final, we expect both Arteta and Lampard to go with this structure that gives them better protection at the back.
Bernd Leno's injury was apparently not as bad as it seemed initially but the German would not be fit to start the final, meaning that Emiliano Martínez will play in goal. Luiz's experience means that despite his error-prone season he is expected to start while Holding, owing to his aerial ability, has often started against sides that look to play long balls and crosses. Reece James has been a bright prospect for Chelsea this season and we expect Lampard to give him the chance to start in the final. Willian missed the last game of the season due to injury and with Mason Mount performing well at right-wing, we expect him to start there again. As was the case against Manchester City in the semi-final, we can expect Arsenal to allow Chelsea the lion's share of possession.
Our analysis highlighted key tactics of both the sides and we predicted that Arsenal will look to sit back while Chelsea attack the penalty area frequently. The analysis also showed how Arsenal look to channel their counters down the wings while Chelsea will look to create overloads in order to spread the defence. Arsenal showed that they are capable of playing against top sides with their efficient 2-0 victory over Manchester City in the semi-final while Chelsea showed that they can break down compact defences in their semi-final victory over Manchester United. Arsenal beat Chelsea to win the FA Cup final in 2017, adding to their victory over the Blues in the 2002 showpiece It certainly ought to be closer than last year's season-ending Europa League final for both, with Arsenal undoubtedly improving under Mikel Arteta - bidding to follow George Graham in playing for and managing a Gunners cup-winning side. Frank Lampard could be the third to do that for Chelsea (after Gianluca Vialli and Roberto Di Matteo), with the chance to put a trophy-winning seal on a first season in charge that has surpassed realistic expectations.
Arsenal will be desperate for repeat of the result on Saturday following a hugely turbulent season, while Chelsea will be hoping to finish off a successful campaign with silverware under Frank Lampard. Aaron Ramsey was the hero as Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 in the 2017 FA Cup final at Wembley Since Bernd Leno's injury, Martinez has shone in goal for the Gunners and rather than providing his services as a strong back up goalkeeper - he is now fighting for the No 1 spot following a string of fine performances for Mikel Arteta's side. Azpilicueta continues to lead by example on and off the pitch for Chelsea, and he remains a very steady and reliable presence at right back for Frank Lampard's side at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have struggled in the heart of defence this season and Lampard knows it's an area he needs to improve but in Zouma, the Blues have a centre back they can rely on for the future. But then sometimes, Luiz can pull of an absolute heroic performance, just like he did against favourites Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final. After a tough start to life in the English capital following his £25million move from Celtic, Tierney proved to be one of Arsenal's stand-out performers when the Premier League restarted and can be the club's future left back for years to come. Willian's time at Chelsea could be coming to an end after the FA Cup final with his contract on the brink of expiring, but his departure would certainly come as a big blow to the club. The FA Cup final against Arsenal at Wembley could represent Willian's last game for Chelsea Good afternoon and welcome to the Evening Standard's LIVE coverage of the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea. A long domestic season is almost over with Mikel Arteta and Frank Lampard set to do battle at Wembley - both out to win their first trophy in management. Fabregas: Chelsea are favourites, but Arsenal need it more With an intriguing all-London FA Cup final quickly approaching, Cesc Fabregas will certainly be watching on with interest. And Fabregas - a self-proclaimed fan of both clubs, who won the FA Cup with Chelsea and Arsenal - believes it's the Blues who come in as favourites "Arsenal need it more," Fabregas told The Telegraph. Chelsea are in the Champions League and Arsenal has nothing at the moment." Arsenal to wear 2020-21 home kit in final Arsenal will get a glimpse of the 2020-21 season before the current campaign ends when they play their FA Cup final against Chelsea in their new kit. Chelsea team news Perhaps the big story in the Chelsea line-up is that Willy Caballero is once again expected to start in goal ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga. The French World Cup winner has trained fully this week but it remains to be seen if Lampard feels he is fit enough to start the game. Likewise, Willian - who missed Chelsea's final-day fixture against Wolves - will also be fit, having featured in every game since the Premier League's restart beforehand. Kante, who missed both the FA Cup semi-final victory over Manchester United and the final three matches of the league campaign, has made just 20 League starts in what has been an injury-hit campaign. Chelsea will monitor Kante's fitness before Lampard makes a final decision on his team, with winger Willian also set to return in time for the clash. Alexandre Lacazette has hit form at the right time for Arsenal, and we expect him to lead the line with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe either side. Arsenal team news As Mikel Arteta searches for silverware in his first season as a manager, his team against Chelsea by in large picks itself. Arteta: FA Cup win could help convince Aubameyang to stay As discussed, a real incentive for Arsenal tomorrow is securing the future of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is yet to pen fresh terms on a new deal. Photo: Getty But Arteta, who himself won the FA Cup as captain of Arsenal back in 2014, believes defeating Chelsea and lifting the trophy could help convince Aubameyang to stay. If you are wearing the armband and you are able to lift that cup, it is such a moment and this is going to help for sure." Advertisement FA Cup victory: What it means for Arsenal Of course, Frank Lampard's side won't see it this way, but there is arguably more on the line for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal tomorrow. Perhaps as much as anything, silverware at the end of a difficult season for Arsenal could be key to convincing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay and attracting big-name players. Arteta, who won the FA Cup twice at Arsenal, has steadied the ship and victory on Saturday and Europa League football would provide some stability at the end of a turbulent season. He won the FA Cup four times as a Chelsea player and victory tomorrow would seal a remarkable first season in the dugout. Billy Gilmour is out for the season after knee surgery, while Willian missed Chelsea's final League game against Wolves through injury. Chelsea injury news: Latest on Willian and Kante ahead of FA Cup final Arsenal vs Chelsea: How to watch the FA Cup final