Arsenal, Chelsea clash in all-London FA Cup final

As the debates rages whether Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, still has what it takes to manage at the top, one thing is clear: his staying power can never be in doubt.

Chelsea line-up as expected, with the recognisable starting XI from their Premier League triumph now training their sights on double glory.

The winger is about to go into the final year of his contract and refused to answer questions about his future at a time when Liverpool, Everton and both Manchester clubs are all said to be interested.

Arsenal missed out on Champions League qualification for the first time in two decades and Oxlade-Chamberlain said, "The season has been an odd one. But it is true that Chelsea in the neutrals' opinions might be the favourites". "Everything should go on as normal. and not change anything that we do". That is all I try to do, learn from mistakes.

"We won, maybe without deserving it, but we won it".

With Arsenal no longer in the hunt for the then 25-year-old, Chelsea swooped in to land Cahill for a bargain £7m, where the England worldwide has since won two Premier League titles, the Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup, and League Cup with the Blues.

The north London side have not produced consistent form this term and were dumped out of the Champions League when they were beaten 10-2 on aggregate by Bayern Munich in the last 16.

Mertesacker, 32, is set to play against Diego Costa for the first time since being sent off for a challenge on the Chelsea striker in league action in January previous year.

A fifth-place finish and failure to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in his tenure has done little to aid his cause, but he does have the chance to claim silverware by beating Chelsea at Wembley.

"They need to prove - we all need to prove - every day, but I don't think too much about that. I have this dream and also my players have this dream".

Ramsey does not want to see the Belgian afforded such space again during the final as Arsenal seek redemption for an under-par season on Saturday. They seemed to have the title locked up even before the turn of the calendar year. For 90 minutes we have to forget that we won the league and concentrate on this target. It was right to enjoy the moment, to celebrate the league. "We must pay great attention and focus".

To win the Double is massive.

Monday's fatal terror attack in Manchester, which left 22 people dead, means there will be a heavy police presence around Wembley.

When taking a throw-in near the away support at Selhurst Park, furious supporters screamed he was not fit to wear the shirt while there were similarly distasteful scenes outside the ground after the game as the players boarded the team bus.

  • Julie Sanders