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Arsenal face Chelsea in all London FA Cup final

Saturday afternoon at 5.30 pm will see an all London Cup Final between Chelsea and Arsenal. These two London heavyweights will go toe to toe in what will be a unique occasion.

For the first time in its long and illustrious history, the final will be played in front of no fans.

Anthony Taylor will be in charge in his second FA Cup final. By some strange coincidence his first was the Final in 2017 between both of these sides.

These two London giants are used to meeting in a final at the end of the season, having been involved three times in the last four seasons with both sides having won two finals. Arsenal the FA Cup and Chelsea the League Cup Final and Europa League Final.

Arsenal are clearly the cup kings of England, having won the FA Cup a record 13 times and been involved in the final a record 21 times. The Gunners have also won their last six FA Cup Finals.

For Chelsea this will be their 14th FA Cup Final appearance with the Blues winning seven of their last nine finals. However both of those defeats were against Arsenal.

Back in 2017 Per Mertesacker captained Arsenal to victory over Chelsea by 2-1 at Wembley with Aaron Ramsey hitting a 79th minute winner to give manager Arsene Wenger his final piece of major silverware.

Thanks to second half goals from Ray Parlour and Freddie Ljungberg it was Arsenal who were crowned FA Cup winners in 2002, with the final being held in Cardiff.

Saturday’s FA Cup Final will see a contest with two up and coming managers at the helm. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta who is 38 and Frank Lampard 42, are the two youngest Premier League bosses and already have impressed the football world by their courageous tactics and game management.

Under Arteta, Arsenal’s two outstanding performances recently have been victories inside four days against Premier League champions Liverpool and an FA Cup semi-final triumph over Manchester City.

The Gunners have beaten Leeds, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Sheffield United and Man City on their way to Wembley and only conceding two goals in the process.

Chelsea have had to overcome Nottingham Forest, Hull City, Liverpool, Leicester City and Manchester United in the semi-final to book their place at Wembley. Like Arsenal they have only let in two goals on their way to the final.

Both Arteta and Lampard have not been afraid to make ruthless decisions. Arteta’s refusal to pander to the whims of Mesut Ozil saw him excluded from the nine substitutes for the semi-final.

Lampard recently showed his merciless edge by dropping £71 million goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga for Chelsea’s crucial final game of the season against Wolves.

So the stage is set for yet another London Derby, but for this one a trophy is at stake. It will be interesting to see how both sets of players perform in the extensive heat promised on Saturday and how they will adjust in the surreal surroundings of having no fans present in the Stadium.

Some players will flourish on this, others will freeze on the big stage, whatever happens it should be another classic final with Arsenal set to start of favourites. Whichever captain will get the privilege of holding the FA Cup after the game will be in the strange position of displaying it to no fans inside.

I wonder what type of celebrations we will see come Saturday evening? One thing is for sure the 139th FA Cup Final will be remembered for the final will little noise.

‘Sexy Football’ – Özil becomes the highest scoring German in Premier League history

Özil declares ‘sexy football’ in Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Leicester City at the Emirates on Monday night. Captaining the team, Özil had potentially his best game in a Gunners shirt yet. Often accused of being lacklustre in recent performances, Özil silenced his critics with a goal, an assist, and played a key part in one of the most spectacular team goals seen in a long time.

The Foxes who haven’t won on Arsenal soil since 1973 took the lead in the 31st minute through a counter-attack in which recently called up England star Ben Chilwell beat the pace of Hector Bellerin, who unfortunately turned the ball in off his own boot. After Leicester had deservedly took the lead, Arsenal suddenly awoke, bagging the equaliser just before half time with a stunning off the post finish from captain Mesut Özil, making him the highest scoring German in Premier League history.

The second half saw the Gunners come out with force which is typical Arsenal, with 14 of their 19 goals this season coming after the break. A brilliantly guided pass from Özil freed up Bellerin, who was able to tee up the readily waiting super sub Aubameyang to bury his 7th of the season after only being on the pitch a matter of moments.

The third Arsenal goal was something of absolute brilliance, started by none other than Özil himself. After manager Unai Emery moved him back to his preferred position in the middle, the pay off was superb. Within 7 passes, Leicester were cut open. A guided pass from Lucas Torreira bought on a stunning back heel from Özil. He then masterminds a dummy to Lacazette, before his second touch to Aubameyang resulted in his second, and the final goal of the game.

Özil took to Twitter moments after the game to say he was ‘proud to captain the team and club’ and says the Gunners played some ‘sexy football’.

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When the players returned to training Tuesday, Aubameyang posted a story on Instagram showing Özil watching back his own goal, with the caption ‘I’m the best’.

Bellerin hailed Özil a ‘born champion’ who has been through a lot of ups and downs in his career. This comes after Mesut retired from international football due to racist remarks and being accused of not being ‘creative’ enough. The critics have certainly been silenced after that performance.