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FA Cup Final 2020: Important Things to Know

COMPETING TEAMS:

Arsenal and Chelsea (Both clubs are from London)

This will be a repeat of the 2002 and 2017 FA Cup Finals both won by Arsenal.

It is also a repeat of the previous year’s UEFA Europa League Final won by Chelsea.

WHEN: August 2, 2020

WHERE: Wembley Stadium (Behind closed doors)

MANAGERS: Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) and Frank Lampard (Chelsea)

ROUTE TO FINAL:

-Arsenal beat defending champions Manchester City in the semifinals 2-0

-Chelsea beat Manchester United in the other semifinals 3-1

IMPORTANCE TO ARSENAL:

If they beat the Blues, the Gunners will secure a place in the Europa League next season.

Moreover, they will capture a record 14th trophy in the oldest cup competition in the world.


IMPORTANCE TO CHELSEA:

A win over the Gunners gives the Blues their ninth overall title. If they do so, Lampard will claim his first-season silverware as he pits bench tactics with fellow rookie manager Arteta.


PLAYERS TO WATCH:

--Arsenal – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe, Emiliano Martinez.

--Chelsea – Olivier Giroud, Tammy Abraham, Willian, Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount, Willie Caballero.

INJURY REPORT:

Arsenal – Centre-back Shkodran Mustafi will be out due to a hamstring injury.

LATEST GAMES

--Arsenal won 3-2 over Watford at Emirates Stadium to finish eighth in the Premier League 2019-20 season. It was the Gunners’ lowest league finish in 25 years.

--Chelsea beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to seal fourth place in the Premier League as well as qualification for next season’s Champions League tournament.

HEAD-TO-HEAD DUELS:

--Arsenal have won 76 times to Chelsea’s 65 in their rivalry in the league.

--The clubs have met in four major finals: the 2002 FA Cup final won by Arsenal 2-0, the 2007 League Cup final won by Chelsea 2-1, the 2017 FA Cup final won by Arsenal 2-1, and the 2019 Europa League final won by Chelsea 4-1.

--In their last head-to-head duel during a Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge, the Blues and the Gunners battled to a 2-2 draw.
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