Sead Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin Arsenal
Sead Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin Arsenal

Arsenal beat Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final and now they will take on Chelsea in the final on Saturday.

Arsenal are undefeated in 28 of their last 31 matches in the FA Cup and they go into this game having lost just one out of their last four outings and amongst those, there are wins against Man City as well as Liverpool.

The Gunners have not been able to secure a Europa League spot on the league table meaning this FA Cup final is their last chance of playing in Europe next season.

If Chelsea were to pick up a win on Saturday then Arsenal will fall out of Europe during the 2020-21 season and it will be Wolves who will play in the Europa League.

Arsenal team news vs Chelsea:

Bernd Leno is expected to return to training this week but the keeper will not play any part on Saturday meaning Martinez will be in goal once again.

Mustafi has also picked up an injury and will only play for the Gunners next season which is why Holding should reprise his role in central defence alongside David Luiz.

Both Kolasinac and Tierney have done pretty well as the third-choice centre-back in the past few matches so it will be interesting to see who Mikel Arteta names in his starting XI on Saturday.

Cedric Soares is ineligible to play in the final meaning Hector Bellerin will start at right wing-back and Bukayo Saka will play as the left wing-back.

Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos will keep their place in central midfield vs Chelsea but Lucas Torreira could be introduced sometime during the second half of the match, especially if the Gunners have to defend a lead.

Nicolas Pepe has been really underwhelming this season and Arteta has a lot of options which he can use down that right flank. But we have a feeling the manager will opt to name the Ivorian in his first XI at Wembley.

Eddie Nketiah could get a start but given the gravitas of the match, we are pretty confident that the Arsenal manager will opt to use the both Lacazette and Aubameyang in attack vs Chelsea.

Arsenal’s predicted XI vs Chelsea:

Possible Starting XI: Martinez; David Luiz, Holding, Kolasinac/Kieran Tierney; Xhaka, Ceballos, Saka, Hector Bellerin; Aubameyang, Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe.

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