Arsenal and Chelsea are gearing up for their highly-anticipated FA Cup final showdown. The two London giants will battle it out at Wembley as both sides aim to end their season with silverware.
For the Blues, it would be the perfect conclusion to a season that saw Frank Lampard take over a team in the midst of a transfer ban and guide them to a Champions League berth. While the Englishman has endured bumps along his debut campaign, victory today would be the cherry on top of the cake.
The same is true for Arteta. When appointed as the permanent successor to Unai Emery, everyone began questioning whether he had the pedigree to keep the sinking ship that was Arsenal afloat. Despite missing out on European football, the Gunners could book their ticket to the Europa League should they win the FA Cup final.
Who will triumph in this Wembley battle? Here are some interesting stats that will offer fans insight in order to make a reasonable prediction.
Their head-to-head record in FA Cup finals
This will be the third time these two London giants face off in the ultimate game of this prestigious cup. Their first run-in came in Cardiff back in 2002 while the second took place in 2017. Arsenal won both ties and will be keen on making three straight victories in a row.
Chelsea’s record in recent finals
Since 2007, the Blues have made an impressive seven FA Cup finals. Overall, this is their 14th appearance in the ultimate game of this competition. In their last nine finals, Chelsea have emerged triumphant seven times. Unfortunately, the two defeats both came at the hands of Arsenal.
Arsenal’s record against the Blues in the FA Cup
A look at the recent head-to-head record between the London giants (not only in finals) shows that Arsenal are the favorites to win. The Gunners have lost only once in 13 FA Cup encounters with Chelsea (W8, D4), with that sole defeat coming in 2009.
The Gunners’ FA Cup feats
In case you forgot, the north London giants are the most successful FA Cup club, winning this competition a record 13 times. Additionally, the Gunners have won their last six finals in a row and are one away from equaling the record for most consecutive triumphs (7).
Chelsea’s record vs Arsenal in all competitions
Reading the above stats might make you think Arsenal are the outright favorites. However, it should be noted that their recent head-to-head record in all competitions weighs heavily in the Blues’ favor. The Stamford Bridge side have suffered only two defeats in 10 encounters with their north London rivals (W3 D5). On top of that, Lampard did not lose once against Arteta in the Premier League in their two encounters, triumphing once and drawing the other.
Arsenal vs Chelsea Broadcast Information
Stadium: Wembley Stadium (London)
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