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MetiNews.Com - Good afternoon and welcome to the Evening Standard's LIVE coverage of the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea. A long domestic season is almost over with Mikel Arteta and Frank Lampard battle at Wembley today with both out to win their first trophy in management.
Breaking News ! Good afternoon and welcome to the Evening Standard's LIVE coverage of the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea. A long domestic season is almost over with Mikel Arteta and Frank Lampard battle at Wembley today with both out to win their first trophy in management. Both winners as players, the two managers are hoping to deliver silverware that could act as a real foundation for further success at the two London clubs. Ahead of the big day, join us for all the build-up and team news on Standard Sport's LIVE blog! Live Updates New updates availableRefresh 2020-07-31T22:30:46.203Z Lampard feels Abramovich support despite no pre-final talksPhoto: AFP via Getty ImagesFrank Lampard says he does not have to speak to Roman Abramovich to feel the support he has from the Chelsea owner.Lampard has not spoken to Abramovich ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup Final, but insists he has felt the Russian’s backing from the moment he got the Chelsea job last summer.Lampard has a close working relationship with Abramovich’s right-hand woman, director Marina Granovskaia, and believes the joined-up thinking between him and the board is a huge plus for Chelsea as they bid to establish themselves as title contenders again.Asked if he has heard from Abramovich since Chelsea secured a Champions League spot last weekend, Lampard said: “We have not been in touch. There is nothing in that. My job is to work as well as I can do."Click here to read the full story 2020-07-31T21:53:27.983Z Arteta wants to replicate Chelsea mentality at ArsenalPhoto: Getty ImagesMikel Arteta wants to recreate Chelsea’s winning culture at Arsenal.The Gunners and Blues will go head to head in the FA Cup Final on Saturday as both Arteta and Frank Lampard try to win their first trophy since moving into management.Lampard has enjoyed a successful first season at Chelsea, securing qualification for next season’s Champions League, and he now has the chance to add silverware too.That would be Chelsea's 17th major trophy since owner Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003 and Arteta wants to recreate the Blues’ winning mentality at Arsenal.“They have some very important core players in those winning teams and it has probably given them a platform to be consistent,” said Arteta.Click here to read the full story 2020-07-31T18:28:24.450Z No Ozil for Arsenal in FA Cup squadMesut Ozil will not be part of Arsenal's squad for the FA Cup final clash against Chelsea on Saturday. Photo: Getty/Arsenal FCThe playmaker has not featured for the Gunners since the restart and was not expected to feature in Mikel Arteta's starting XI anyway.But Standard Sport understands the 31-year-old has spent the past few days in Turkey and will not be included in the squad. Advertisement 2020-07-31T17:24:14.253Z Fabregas: Chelsea are favourites, but Arsenal need it moreWith an intriguing all-London FA Cup final quickly approaching, Cesc Fabregas will certainly be watching on with interest. It was the Chelsea who finished the season in superior form, clinching that all-important top-four spot, while also announcing the signing of Timo Werner to add to their earlier Hakim Ziyech acquisition, with Kai Havertz now on Lampard's radar.Photo: GettyArsenal, on the other hand, finished eighth in the table, and will miss out on a European spot altogether should they fall short against Chelsea.And Fabregas - a self-proclaimed fan of both clubs, who won the FA Cup with Chelsea and Arsenal - believes it's the Blues who come in as favourites“Arsenal need it more,” Fabregas told The Telegraph. “Chelsea basically every year has won a trophy, so it’s a different animal in this case."In terms of trophies, Arsenal needs it more and for confidence for next year and getting into Europe. Chelsea are in the Champions League and Arsenal has nothing at the moment.” 2020-07-31T16:47:49.753Z Arsenal to wear 2020-21 home kit in final Arsenal will get a glimpse of the 2020-21 season before the current campaign ends when they play their FA Cup final against Chelsea in their new kit. There will be a couple of additions to both sets of strips, with a badge to mark the Heads Up mental health to be present along with FA Cup final stitching across the front. Photo: GettyPictures released by Arsenal show the badge alongside those for the NHS and Black Lives Matter on the bottom of the shirt, below the squad number.The Gunners first wore their new kit for the final game of the season against Watford. Chelsea meanwhile have been wearing their 2020-21 strip, sponsored by UK telecommunications firm 3, since the beginning of July. 2020-07-31T16:15:00.000Z Lampard: Willian will give everything for Chelsea in finalWith Willian deemed fit to play against Arsenal, Frank Lampard assures he has no doubt the forward will give his all for Chelsea once more. The final could come as one of Willian's final games in a Chelsea shirt, with his short-term contract extension to expire following Chelsea's Champions League campaign, where they travel to Bayern Munich 3-0 down on August 8.Photo: GettyBut asked whether Willian will continue to give everything for Chelsea this weekend, Lampard said: "Yes, because I've known Willian for many years now as a player and now as his coach."And if anyone wants to see the mentality of him, it's been shown since restart. He's been fantastic for us, he's been fantastic this season. He's shown the right attitude."So I would expect nothing less than he's shown already, and that's Willian for you." Advertisement 2020-07-31T15:45:00.000Z How we have Chelsea lining up tomorrow...Christian Pulisic will likely return to a front three in fearsome form, with Willy Caballero to continue in goal. We predict Lampard will stick with Matteo Kovacic and Jorginho in midfield, however, with N'Golo Kante returning to the bench. 2020-07-31T15:16:08.330Z Chelsea team newsPerhaps the big story in the Chelsea line-up is that Willy Caballero is once again expected to start in goal ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga. The young Spaniard is linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge having been dropped for the last game of the Premier League season against Wolves. Photo: GettyN’Golo Kante has given Chelsea a boost after declaring himself fit after a hamstring injury. The French World Cup winner has trained fully this week but it remains to be seen if Lampard feels he is fit enough to start the game.Wembley specialist Olivier Giroud, who has won 12 of his 13 club appearances at the national stadium and is bidding for his fifth FA Cup winner’s medal, will lead the line.Christian Pulisic has declared himself “100 per cent fit” after a niggling injury in recent weeks. Willian is available after missing the Wolves game but Ruben Loftus-Cheek is out after suffering an injury in training this week. 2020-07-31T14:45:00.000Z Good news for Chelsea... Kante and Willian are fit to play! Good news for Chelsea; bad news for Arsenal.
. Likewise, Willian - who missed Chelsea's final-day fixture against Wolves - will also be fit, having featured in every game since the Premier League's restart beforehand. Photo: Getty"Yes, Kante and Willian are in the squad and we will see if they are fit enough to be involved," Lampard said in a news conference via video link.Kante, who missed both the FA Cup semi-final victory over Manchester United and the final three matches of the league campaign, has made just 20 League starts in what has been an injury-hit campaign. But the France international has recovered in time to make himself available for the Blues ahead of their evening clash against Arsenal at Wembley.Chelsea will monitor Kante's fitness before Lampard makes a final decision on his team, with winger Willian also set to return in time for the clash.
How we have Arsenal lining up tomorrow...Alexandre Lacazette has hit form at the right time for Arsenal, and we expect him to lead the line with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe either side. The left wing-back position is certainly one of contention, but we've got with Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Arsenal team newsAs Mikel Arteta searches for silverware in his first season as a manager, his team against Chelsea by in large picks itself. The Spaniard has really started to cement a favoured XI, as they will most likely start once more on Saturday. Bernd Leno is back in training, but Emiliano Martinez will play in goal. Rob Holding should come into the back-three due to Shkodran Mustafi’s injury, with David Luiz and Kieran Tierney alongside him.Photo: GettyThe key debate is around who starts at left wing-back, with Bukayo Saka and Ainsley Maitland-Niles contenders. The latter excelled against Manchester City in the semi-final and therefore will hope to start.Dani Ceballos and Granit Xhaka should start as the midfield pairing and Hector Bellerin will expect to start on the right.Up front, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should captain the side from out left, with Alexandre Lacazette leading the line and Nicolas Pepe on the right.
Arteta: FA Cup win could help convince Aubameyang to stayAs discussed, a real incentive for Arsenal tomorrow is securing the future of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is yet to pen fresh terms on a new deal.Aubameyang has been linked with both Barcelona and Inter Milan, with his current contract due to expire in under a year’s time.Photo: GettyBut Arteta, who himself won the FA Cup as captain of Arsenal back in 2014, believes defeating Chelsea and lifting the trophy could help convince Aubameyang to stay.“I think that has a strong link with everything that you want to experience as a player,” said Arteta.“The fact that winning a trophy helps to really believe and feel - wow, I want more of those moments as well. If you are wearing the armband and you are able to lift that cup, it is such a moment and this is going to help for sure.”
FA Cup victory: What it means for Arsenal Of course, Frank Lampard's side won't see it this way, but there is arguably more on the line for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal tomorrow. Perhaps as much as anything, silverware at the end of a difficult season for Arsenal could be key to convincing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay and attracting big-name players.It would also provide Arsenal with Europa League football for next season and the revenues from that are greatly needed at a club hit hard financially by the coronavirus pandemic.Photo: GettyWith the Gunners finishing eighth this season, it's easy to forget the difficulties Arteta inherited.In Unai Emery's last game before his November sacking, there was a near record low crowd at Emirates Stadium, Granit Xhaka had been stripped of the captaincy after a public fall-out with fans and Arsenal were on their worst run of form since 1992.Arsenal have made progress, however. Arteta, who won the FA Cup twice at Arsenal, has steadied the ship and victory on Saturday and Europa League football would provide some stability at the end of a turbulent season.
FA Cup victory: What it means for ChelseaWell then, the FA Cup final is just a day away. One of Frank Lampard or Mikel Arteta will get their first taste of silverware in their debut campaigns. But what would a win mean for Chelsea? They've of course got the finances, with Lampard targetting Kai Havertz to add to the earlier acquisitions of both Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech. This is about more than finances for the Blues, however. Photo: GettyFor Lampard, winning the FA Cup would help create a winning culture at Chelsea and be the ideal launchpad for his greater ambition of making them title contenders again.Chelsea have already secured their main aim of qualifying for the Champions League, but silverware would be further vindication of the good job Lampard is doing.Lampard could become the first English manager to lift FA Cup since his uncle, Harry Redknapp, did so with Portsmouth in 2008. He won the FA Cup four times as a Chelsea player and victory tomorrow would seal a remarkable first season in the dugout.
Good afternoon!FA Cup final weekend is almost here - and it's an all-London affair.Both Frank Lampard and Mikel Arteta are attempting to win their first pieces of managerial silverware with Arsenal also chasing Europa League qualification that could help define their summer transfer window.Your build-up to the big day starts here.
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Date, time and venue
The FA Cup Final is scheduled for a 5:30pm BST kick-off on Saturday, 1 August, 2020.
The match will be played behind closed doors at Wembley Stadium with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
How to watch: TV and live stream
TV channel: The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Football, and is available via Now TV with a day pass for £9.99, or a three-month pass on offer for £25.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via SkyGo and the SkyGo app, with a mobile month pass available for £5.99.
Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal
Given the two sides' respective League form, Chelsea will be favourites. However, Arsenal's recent wins against Liverpool and Man City show they are capable of beating any English team on their day.
Much will depend on how Chelsea sit up. If they plan to dominate possession with a high line as both Liverpool and City did, they could be caught out by Arsenal - so Lampard will have to tweak his tactics.
Should Lampard invite Arsenal out, Arteta's likely gameplan of sitting back and countering will be tested to the limit.
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