Arsenal manager Wenger: Mertesacker start 'depends on the system'
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 20:24
The Nigeria global now stands on the verge of becoming a double victor ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final against Arsenal.
The three matches kick off with the Emirates FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea on Saturday, Exeter and Blackpool will meet at a League Two play off final on Sunday and on Monday Huddersfield and Reading will battle it out at the Championship play off final for a place in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Premier League champions Chelsea are looking for their first league and FA Cup double since 2010, while victory over Arsenal would bring about their 15th major trophy since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.
Laurent Koscielny is suspended, Gabriel is out injured and Skhodran Mustafi is a doubt following a concussion - a combination of events manager Arsene Wenger described as "absolutely unbelievable". I'm enjoying my football again. Would it be a nice farewell? I don't know, but we've got good players that can win us games. I love to win and I love to do well for my club. "It's not about me, it's about us winning the trophy and giving everything to achieve it".
It saw Antonio Conte break the record for number of league wins in a season which, given just how disastrous last season was, is a remarkable turnaround in fortunes and a wonderful achievement in his first year in England. We must find the right motivation.
In the league, the Blues have impressed against their nearest rivals after that defeat at Arsenal and against Liverpool prior to that, going W5-D1-L2 against fellow top-six sides, though the fact that they kept only one clean sheet in these 10 games will give the Gunners some encouragement. "This is a great opportunity to win and to do the double". "If he doesn't play well then Chelsea are going to cut through Arsenal like a knife through butter".
"Arsenal need to have their best defenders playing to have any chance and they haven't". I want to make sure I will be ready and my mindset is "120 minutes plus penalties".
The match could be one of several high profile events in the United Kingdom patrolled by armed soldiers this weekend.
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"With the last cup final, I wasn't on the pitch and that was disappointing for me". Should his team lift the trophy, he would be set a record for most FA Cup wins as a manager (7, now on 6 with George Ramsay). It's a risky one for Arsenal if they play three at the back.