Chelsea's David Luiz wary of Arsenal threat ahead of FA Cup final

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi looks increasingly unlikely to make it back from injury in time for the FA Cup final against Chelsea this weekend.

The Frenchman, who has been in charge for 21 years, has not revealed whether he will sign a new contract with the club.

Wenger has also admitted that the uncertainty contributed to the club's first finish outside the top four in two decades.

Gary Cahill admits Chelsea's players will be conflicted between the pain and apprehension that has followed the Manchester bombing and trying to enjoy Saturday's FA Cup final that will be the focus of heightened security.

The England worldwide assisted Nacho Monreal's equaliser in the 2-1 FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City but his chances of taking part in the final were placed in jeopardy when he suffered a hamstring strain at Southampton two weeks ago.

The club's Player of the Year event, a ticketed event scheduled for Sunday evening, will still take place as it is confined to a single area of Stamford Bridge.

"I was out for half a year and not available so it was hard at times", Mertesacker told the club's official website.

While he may have recovered, there remain significant concerns over his match fitness against the energetic Premier League champions, who scored 85 times in the process of securing a record 30 league victories, particularly given the potential for extra-time.

"But it's a big trophy, one that we want to win and it will definitely boost morale going into next season".

Wenger insisted the final decision on whether Sanchez stays or leaves the Emirates will be Arsenal's decision.

Gabriel has been ruled out for six to eight weeks with knee ligament damage sustained in Arsenal's 3-1 victory over Everton on the final day of the Premier League season.

"We will see if he can start", Wenger said. Usmanov now owns 30 percent of the shares but has no say in the decisions made by the club. But I have done this for 15 years so I expect myself to be absolutely ready no matter what comes. "When it happened (this year), I thought, "Oh no, here we go again", Oxlade-Chamberlain said.

"I want to make sure I will be ready and my mindset is "120 minutes plus penalties".

Sir Alex, who won 13 Premier League titles, said: "I just wonder if they realise the job he's done".

  • Julie Sanders