FA Cup Final: Chelsea set for a comfortable win
Chelsea take on Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on Saturday in what is an important game for both sides, well, mostly for the Gunners.
The Blues can complete a Premier League and FA Cup double with victory on Saturday, while Arsenal can end the season on a high note in what has been a difficult year for them.
It's an important game for both teams, to win the Double is massive. It's not done that often, so it's a big game for Chelsea too.
However, this is Arsenal all over, they have won the FA Cup twice in the last four years so they can perform in one-off games but in the league where it’s 38 games and it's when they have to park the bus and try to get a 0-0 draw, they come up short.
Arsenal, however, are struggling in defence. If both teams had brought their A game then maybe we’d call it a fair contest, but with Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista out, Shkodran Mustafi potentially out and Per Mertesacker playing at the back alongside junior player Rob Holding, it would take a miracle to beat the newly crowned Premier League champs.
It would be quite hard for Arsenal’s defence to cope with Chelsea's attacking flair. We saw Tottenham play very well in the semi-final and they still let in four goals. Tottenham were the better team on that day and still lost.
Arsenal need to have their best defenders playing to have any chance.
Arsenal have one major setback, their defence, we’ve often seen how poor their confidence is at the back without the presence of Laurent Koscielny.
Mertesacker is going to be crucial for Arsenal if he plays; he will have to play very well if Arsenal are to have any chance.
Arsenal don't usually play a ‘cancelling out’ game on most occasions. They might try that to give themselves a chance, but the way they have played recent matches against rivals like Chelsea and Spurs, I don't think they will cope.