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Experts make Arsenal vs Chelsea predictions for FA Cup final

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Experts make Arsenal vs Chelsea predictions for FA Cup final


Arsenal take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday as both Mikel Arteta and Frank Lampard look to win silverware in their first seasons in charge of their respective clubs.

The match is certainly not an easy one to call, with both teams in relatively good form as the Premier League season concluded.

The Gunners beat Manchester City in their semi-final and will fancy their chances of securing a fourth FA Cup in seven years.

Chelsea, meanwhile, defeated Manchester United in the semis and could win a ninth FA Cup in their history.

It should be a good one, and here’s what our reporters think will happen…

Arsenal beat Manchester City 2-0 in their semi-final

Mike Walters

Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea

The last time they met in the FA Cup final, Arsene Wenger lifted his last trophy as Arsenal manager.

But the last time they met in any major final – 14 months ago in Baku, at the Carbon Footprint Europa League final, Chelsea wiped the floor with the Gunners.

And in their last 24 meetings across all competitions, Chelsea have lost only five – so the balance of mathematical probability is in their favour.

Mikel Arteta has made some progress towards shoring up the Gunners, but you always fear a back line containing David Luiz has one more blooper in the tank than most.

David Maddock

Arsenal 3-2 Chelsea

I’m going for a surprise Arsenal win, after an open game.

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Chelsea comfortably saw off Manchester United in their semi

Not because I believe it will happen necessarily, but because after this unprecedented year with its grim backdrop of so many people’s lives being destroyed – and inhuman governments simply not caring a damn about that – we all need any glimmer of the tiny relief sport can provide for a few moments.

Andy Dunn

Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea

Arsenal were not overly impressive in the Premier League season’s run-in but they have put up a couple of very disciplined, organised performances that caught the eye. Wolves away for one and the semi-final win over City for another.

I fancy them to repeat the trick against a Chelsea team vulnerable to the counter-attack.

Simon Mullock

Arsenal 1-3 Chelsea

I can’t see Mikel Arteta repeating the same negative tactics that neutralised Manchester City in the semi-final – and a more open approach will play into Frank Lampard’s hands.

I can see Chelsea’s young side having too much energy for the Gunners and lifting the Cup after a comfortable win.

Chelsea beat Arsenal at the Emirates in December and the two sides drew 2-2 at Stamford Bridge in January

Alex Milne

Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea

This one really is too close to call, but I fancy Arsenal to just about edge it.

Their recent wins over Manchester City and Liverpool will give them confidence that they can do it against the big boys, and they seem to be turning a corner under Arteta.

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Chelsea, meanwhile, are still unpredictable, and perhaps need the victory a bit less than the Gunners given their fourth-placed finish in the Premier League.

As a Tottenham fan, I just wish they could both lose.





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