FA Cup winner?

It's Chelsea vs Arsenal for the FA Cup final on Saturday

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Who will win the FA Cup final?

By Joe Harker

Tomorrow sees Arsenal play Chelsea in a very London FA Cup final.

Perhaps more importantly, it will see two managers who used to captain their clubs take a tilt at picking up some silverware.

Both Mikel Arteta and Frank Lampard will be hoping to lift the trophy at the end of the match, at the very least it will be an achievement they can point towards given their short careers in the managers seat.


A team which sacks their manager part-way through the season and staggers on under a caretaker before appointing the new guy is unlikely to have their season judged as a good one.

However, there is a good mood at Arsenal under Arteta which could help propel them to victory.

They finished the season on a decent run of form and there has been more optimism around the Emirates as the new manager builds a better team spirit and teaches the players to adopt his preferred style.

Their win against Manchester City which propelled them to the final is seen as a defining moment of their attempt to win the competition, beating the best team left in it to knock them out.

Arsenal have some fantastic attacking options at their disposal and Arteta is gaining plaudits as a tactically astute manager, but can he cap off his first season in charge of the Gunners by lifting the FA Cup?


Frank Lampard, in his second season of football management and his first at Chelsea, will have a similar hope to Arteta.

Both managers will want to have some silverware to point towards, but Lampard's Chelsea finished 10 points and four places above Arsenal in the Premier League table.

They would appear to be the better side on the attack, scoring 13 more goals than Arsenal, though they have an inferior defence having shipped six more, and will trust themselves to outscore the Gunners in the final.

On paper this looks like Chelsea have the better chance of lifting the trophy at the end of the season.

Lampard would like to get his hands on the FA Cup before turning his attention to Chelsea's transfer business. He would like to sell some players this summer but reportedly won't make that decision until after the final.

The Facts:

Chelsea won one and drew another against Arsenal during their two meetings in the Premier League this season, with scorelines of 2-1 and 2-2 enough to prevent Arteta's side from picking up more than a solitary point against Lampard's team.

Four of the seven goals in those fixtures have come in the 83rd minute or later, so there could be some late drama at Wembley if the FA Cup final follows suit.

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