Arsenal will be looking to become the 13 time FA Cup winners this weekend as they take on London rivals Chelsea at Wembley Stadium. There third final in four years, the Gunners will be seeking some joy on what has been a difficult season.
Standing in their way, Chelsea who are hunting down a double, which they last did (this double League & FA Cup) in 2010. Both teams have great records at the 'new' Wembley & will be quite comfy in their surroundings. For Arsenal they will be without Laurent Koscielny & Gabriel at the back. Which is a shame for the neutral as they don’t like Diego Costa could have made fun viewing. Chelsea should really be at full strength.
No top four for Arsenal is a huge blow, Champions League qualification is what they lived on, and for a team who is fragile most of the time a defeat against Chelsea could have severe repercussions.
Arsene Wenger’s position has never been under such threat, the toxic atmosphere through the season has grown and grown. This at times had made some funny You Tube videos through the season from a certain fan channel. Maybe sometimes the negativity has even spread to the pitch, so a FA Cup victory could either buy Wenger some time or send him off into the sunset.
Chelsea though will come into the match full of confidence, a Premier League title in Antonio Conte’s first season he could land an impressive double. After last week’s cheesy, cringe worthy, sickening or well deserved John Terry send off (depends if you like Chelsea or not really) focus will be locked in again, back to the serious stuff now. Chelsea are the favourites and rightly so. They steamed through the league campaign. For Arsenal its huge this game could it be Wenger and even Alexis Sanchez’s last game. An Arsenal win could paper over what has been a forgettable season. It’s the same for Chelsea with Costa, he could end up in China this summer so a farewell for him too.
I don’t think Arsenal will have enough to stop this Chelsea side. There strong and powerful in all areas. I can see lots of goals in this one, so an extra time victory for Chelsea is what I will go for.
What that means for Wenger God only knows, what it means for Chelsea is simply the Blues back on top of English football, and you know the clubs in Manchester are watching.
By Sean Simara @Sean_Footymad
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
A quick look back at how my Premier League picks went. I had Chelsea as the Champions, Antonio Conte's first season in English football could even land him a double. Chelsea were like a machine and just stormed there way to the title. As for the rest of the top 4 I had the Manchester clubs, only City though will be playing Champions League via league qualification though. Arsenal shockingly didn't make top 4! Fan TV on Thursday nights it seems for next season. For the drop the only one I got correct was Hull City, how could I not pick Sunderland!
In the Championship, Newcastle winning the league was pretty easy to call. Even though they made hard work of it. Going against Brighton was a bit of an own goal. Sheffield Wednesday going up is still on the cards via the play-offs. To go down I got Rotherham United right.
For League One, Scunthorpe United got to the play-offs along with Millwall. The Lions are the ones with a chance of promotion this weekend as the face Bradford City at Wembley Stadium. Swindon Town were the only team I got right going down in League One.
League Two was slightly better as Doncaster Rovers & Plymouth are going up. For the drop Newport survived by the skin of their teeth on the last day of the season.
By Sean Simara @Sean_Footymad