Eden Hazard eyes Wembley springboard to another Chelsea glory season

Jokes aside though, Arsenal's lack of defense will be the reason why they lose this game. Expect an ugly game where Arsenal will likely have to be disciplined at the back and not commit too many players up as Mertesacker will not be able to catch up with anyone if caught out of position.

"He has done a fantastic job".

Having chose to join Chelsea five years ago because of our miracle run to the Champions League crown, Hazard has only had two things on his mind: to win trophies and to have fun.

'Eventually, during the game, he will make those changes, and those changes that Antonio Conte has made during the season have been phenomenal.

"But it was very hard to think we'd arrive at the end of the season and be celebrating winning the league back then", he said.

"I think a plan becomes special if you win. It's such a great competition for the fans".

- Prince William laid a wreath on the Wembley Stadium pitch before a minute's silence to honor the victims of the Manchester bomb ahead of the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Victory in the final would move Wenger one clear of George Ramsay's six FA Cup triumphs with Aston Villa while adding a late twist to an otherwise disappointing campaign for Arsenal.

However, Wenger has no souvenirs of his previous successes. Shkodran Mustafi is not expected to be fit after suffering concussion in the Premier League win over Sunderland, while Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista are both suspended.

"There is no trophy, no medals, no pictures of football on the wall, nothing". Everyone keeps talking to me about, "Oh, they need to replace Moses or Alonso".

"There is always a guy at the club who did not get a medal, a member of staff. You're always a medal short, and you always find somebody who takes it".

Next week's board meeting is a pivotal moment in Arsenal's history whatever the result at Wembley, according to Gunners goalkeeping legend Bob Wilson. "If he [Conte] says Arsenal are the favourites I don't know, but we've got good players that can win us games".

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"I think he has been unbelievable for the game in this country".

"But I don't think tomorrow will be the last game for Arsene".

Taking on Arsenal at Wembley will bring back memories of Conte's darkest day as Chelsea manager, a 3-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium in September. You must be very good, very prepared, but also lucky in these circumstances.

"There's enough young players as well in the academy that can come".

While a growing number of Arsenal fans are certainly in agreement that it would be best for the former Monaco boss to depart North London, most agree that the manner of the protests has been unnecessary and at times, downright embarrassing.

But the club go into the contest after failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years and finishing fifth in the Premier League. Not impossible but very hard.

  • Julie Sanders