Arsenal vs Chelsea: Fans may be locked out of Wembley but Saturday’s FA Cup final promises to be an occasion to remember as London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea go toe-to-toe.
The two clubs were poles apart in the Premier League. Frank Lampard’s side finished fourth to secure Champions League footall while the Gunners trailed 10 points behind in eighth.
Mikel Arteta’s men can still salvage their season by lifting the Cup to book a place in the Europa League.
But as the stats below suggest, they won’t have it all their own way against the buoyant Blues.
In all competitions, Chelsea have lost just two of their last 10 meetings with Arsenal, winning three and drawing five.
In the Premier League this term, the Blues beat the Gunners 2-1 at the Emirates before a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are playing in their 14th FA Cup final and this is their seventh appearance in the showpiece event since Wembley reopened in 2007.
The Blues have won seven of their last nine FA Cup finals, with both defeats in that time coming against Arsenal.
This is the third time the London clubs have faced each other in the final, with the Gunners winning the previous two in 2002 and 2017. Excluding replays, no fixture has been played more in the final.
Arteta won the Cup with Arsenal in 2014 and Lampard played in five finals for the Blues, winning four.
This will be the third time in the last four seasons that Arsenal have ended their campaign against Chelsea, winning the 2017 FA Cup final and losing last season’s Europa League final against the Blues in Baku.
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored three goals in just two FA Cup appearances. The Gabonese striker netted both goals in this season’s semi-final victory over Manchester City.
Saturday’s final will be the latest date a final has been staged in the competition’s history.