Arsenal vs Chelsea by Luke
Even though they had pretty decent ending of the season with five consecutive victories in Premier League, Arsenal failed to secure Champions League ticket ending the season on fifth position with three points less than third placed Manchester City and just a point less than Liverpool side that will be playing in qualifying stage of Champions League and the team has the last chance to bring some joy to their fans with a FA Cup finals this weekend.
Arsenal overpowered Everton in the last Premier League game last Sunday evening, in a game that didn't mean much to their visitors who anyway ended up at seventh position and without European exit for the next season. The Gunners were slightly better and deserved the victory especially since they played with a man less since 14th minute when important central defender Koscielny got red carded and won't be playing in this one. Bellerin, Sanchez and Ramsey have scored goals for Arsenal, while Lukaku just temporarily reduced the deficit during the middle of the second halftime from the penalty kick.
Arsenal should be playing in some version of 3-4-2-1 formation with Welbeck maybe as their most offensive player and Sanchez and Ozil acting as offensive midfielders. Manager Arsene Wenger will need to deal with a bit of worries at the back, since central defender Laurent Koscielny (33/2) can't play due suspension, while other central defender Gabriel Paulista (19/0) is out due injury. Injured is also midfielder Santi Cazorla (8/2) and remains long term absentee, while doubtful are central back Shkodran Mustafi (26/2) as he suffered concussion last weekend, while Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain will be assessed closer to the kick off.
Chelsea, on the other side, had a really good season this year, after the team even failed to win the European exit previous season. They took and secured the title in style in Premiership few weeks ago, as the side finished with seven points more than second placed Tottenham, but also finished the Premier League path with six consecutive victories and a 30-3-5 record overall.
Once again, the team will be having highest ambitions in the next season, including Champions League hunt, but the team now has a chance to secure another trophy as they meet Arsenal in the finals of FA Cup. Last weekend they won over Sunderland 5:1 at home in quite meaningless game for both sides, as the guests took the lead in third via Manquillo, but the hosts soon enough showed their power and reached the victory thanks to goals from Willian, Hazard, Pedro and Batshuayi (twice).
Chelsea could approach in 3-4-3 formation, with Pedro and Hazard on the wings, plus Costa as central striker. Manager Antonio Conte has fully fit squad to choose from, with the exception of young midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek (6/0) who is out with a back problem.
- Chelsea have scored at least 2 goals in 9 of their last 11 matches (FA Cup).
With some defensive problems and with the offensive quality of Chelsea, Arsenal knows that they won't be able to get something out of ninety minutes in case they stay at the back only. Both teams to score and over goals, probably with Chelsea's victory look so promising here.