Arsenal hosts Chelsea in the English FA Cup final. The match will be played on Saturday, August 1st at Wembley Stadium (London)
Unlike his counterpart, Arteta became Arsenal’s coach in the middle of the season. Naturally, he did not have enough time to build a reliable defense from such raw and low-quality material. Yes, the Gunners played well in defense from time to time (just remember their actions in the FA Cup semifinals against Man City), but they did not play such matches often. The other day Arsenal managed to concede two goals from the humble Watford at home. In general, the Gunners have only one clean sheet in their last six games.
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Few expected that Chelsea would not only make it to the top four this season but would also fight for the trophy. Lampard has done a very good job of fusing young and experienced players into a single mechanism. Truth be told, Frank didn’t solve one problem. His players made many mistakes in defense both at the beginning of the season and at the finish. Especially often Chelsea failed outside Stamford Bridge. If we look at the Premier League, the Blues conceded 38 goals in 19 games (two goals per game, on average). The most surprising fact is that Norwich, which had left the Premier League, had the same performance. These are depressing statistics for the top club.
The Blues perform quite effectively after the lockdown, scoring in almost every match. Pulisic can make a fool of the entire opponent’s defense on his own, as the American did at Anfield. Giroud has not left the field without goals for four games in a row. In addition, Mount is very good, and Willian deserved a new contract for his game. As for Arsenal, the Gunners showed a decent game during a very difficult schedule. They had to compete twice with Man City and fought with Sheffield, Tottenham, Liverpool, and Wolverhampton. At the same time, Arteta's team not only regularly scored against such rivals but also won. Aubameyang and the company are clearly capable of breaching Chelsea’s defense, which plays so badly outside Stamford Bridge. You should also remember that Arsenal has beaten its neighbors in previous FA Cup finals. But given the Gunners have rather weak defenders, and Leno is still in the infirmary, it’s hard to believe in Arsenal’s clean sheets. Chelsea recently scored three goals to the nets of Manchester United and Liverpool, so I think the Gunners will concede at least once. However, the Blues are not sinless in defense either, so their goalkeeper will probably have to take the ball out of his net.
Prediction for the match: Both teams to score - yes