Official Arsenal team to face Chelsea and go on to lift the FA Cup

The FA Cup final is almost upon us and the official Arsenal team has been announced.

The Gunners are looking to record their 14th win in the historical competition and only Chelsea stand in their way.

It has not been the best season league wise, however, a win at Wembley today will go some way to repairing the damage that has been done, it will also qualify us for Europe and give us reason to be optimistic for next season.

It will not be easy, we all remember what Chelsea did to us last season in Baku, however, we have already seen off Man City to get to this stage and as long as the lads turn up today there is no reason why we cannot beat Frank Lampard’s side.

Anyway, this is the Arsenal team to face Chelsea this afternoon.

Has Mikel Arteta selected the right team to beat Chelsea and secure a 14th FA Cup trophy? Let us know in the comments below.

Links to streams will be put in the comments where to watch the game live and free so keep checking in.

Also, if you go to the official Arsenal website here you will be able to get live commentary text and radio.

JustArsenal predicted line up (for comparison) here

JustArsenal match preview here

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197 Comments

  1. Predictable one….
    Same team which beat City… hope will have same performance and same result today..

    1. Why not to try AMN as CM and play as 4-3-3…
      Just thought about it.. May be using Torreira along with Xhaka and Ceballos…
      Torreira as DM, Xhaka as CM and Ceballos as AM

  2. Osh I dont know about this line up would rather have a 5 man back line! But have to trust Arteta knows what hes doing GOYG πŸ™πŸ™

  3. Stop this “arsenal beat man city” stuff and concentrate on a reasonable analysis.
    Chelsea stop the likes of liverpool, Leicester and man United who all finishes hundred of miles above us.
    I am worried.

        1. Me too…. not 100% sure of anything… don’t know which team will come up… team which remained Resilient and beat City or team which lost to Villa..

      1. Yeah but the truth is Liverpool had nothing to play for… They already won the league that time… They didn’t have any motivation to play with us…. you don’t expect such foolish mistake from VVD unless there is no motivation to play for…. City win was different… they had treble in there mind…. they have already bagged League Cup and they could have won FA Cup and could win CL so they had perfect motivation play against and beat us after that embarrassing loss in Premier League Title and salvage their season…

  4. Oooh to be a Gunner! Looks good to me, Niles starts πŸ‘Œ saka to come on and good to go hey boys bring on the 14th home………

  5. Arteta would likely use 3-4-3 to stop Chelsea’s wide players, but I prefer them to use 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 to outnumber Chelsea’s midfielders. I hope Pepe would be willing to retrieve the ball himself everytime he loses it in this match

    1. He could be our weak link… over the years we had good ball carriers liked of Rosicky …. Walcott… RVP, Arshavin, Cazorla in Centre… Fabregas but now we don’t have wing ball carrier player and problem lies there because numerous ball turnovers…

      1. That’s why Arsenal should’ve searched for a better winger. Pepe can’t be expected to carry the team like Sanchez

    2. Hi Gotanidea. I am worried about this game. Our wingbacks and centre defenders have to nullify Giroud threats. I just hope we can win this

      1. Me too, because Arteta seems to want to park his bus again. Giroud and Chelsea CBs are huge threat in dead ball situations

    1. Sue – I haven’t seen the Chelsea team yet so I’ll take your word for it about Willian.
      This also surprised me and maybe Arteta too. I think he put AMN there especially to nullify the threat of Willian.
      For me it’s just great to see AMN starting. I’ll go and find the Chelsea lineup now to see who he’ll be up against.
      Then again, I wonder if they’ll switch him to the other wing to keep that new guy Chelsea have if Bellerin can’t cope. Maybe he’s called Pulisic? Then put Saka as LWB.
      Should be fun!

        1. Yes it is good to see AMN in the team, GJ.
          He must be injured… but there is talk of him going…. and a lot of talk about him joining us!

  6. Strong line up… Hoping the boys show up today all guns blazing. Is there anyway we can win the FA cup, collect the money and reject Europa league?

    1. We need Europa league. The young players need quality game time and to get used to playing in Europe.

  7. Lampard is very interesting today…….

    Really???? 3-4-3 against our arsenal without a midfield. This is very interesting. He has handed us the win easily.

    Arsenal 3-1

  8. Arsenal will have a lot works to do in the midfield. If we can control the midfield against Chelsea, we have a chance to win.

    We must not allow them to dominate the midfield to night. Xhaka must not go missing as he always do in big games. All our midfielders must dominate and not be dominated.

    Luiz must handle giroud with care to avoid penalty or red card.

    This is final.

  9. Probably best line up with a toss up between xhaka and
    Torreira … Personally would go for latter far from his best but works harder and their midfield is the most obviously superior part of the match up and need to close them down … Could go either way but think we can edge it 2 1 if Luiz has a decent game

  10. I dont understand AMN in place of Saka, or Bellerin in place of AMN but basically while its not the best balanced team, its only a problem if we dont win. If we win, he has got it 100% right.

  11. “And go on to lift the FA Cup.”
    Yeah right. We can’t push above our weight forever. One top club will suss us out. I believe it’ll happen today.
    Oh well, we lost nothing except perhaps aubameyang πŸ˜‰

  12. Just look at how open our midfielders are leaving the pitch.. Very poor start.
    Defense also very poor for that goal

  13. I think these set of players lack the mentality to play finals.
    It’s been too calm, and they’re all shaking

  14. Already?!
    I fear the bench will win it for chelsea today, (before we were already a goal down) so much more options on the bench than us.
    We need a Man City performance to win his today and gonna be really tough to come back now. Such a poor start. Coyg!!

  15. I can’t bear this passing at the back as Chelsea are pressuring us into making mistakes
    Very nervy

    1. Lol… I’ve been mentioning how we’re missing Mustafi since…
      Hopefully the team gets back into this game.
      I can’t bear another embarrassment.
      I still suffer PSTD from BakuπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  16. @Eddie
    Dont forget the pressure we are under and chelsea have little in comparison.
    We have ‘no Europe’ at stake and potentially the difference between some players staying or going.
    Weve never been great when there is a prize to deliver go back to the Europa League catastrophe.
    I fear for today’s result.
    Explains why we need a Thomas Partey time signing. Links today with Decoure, yes please.

  17. Maitland-Niles is so fast 🀭 boy just really has every attribute to be world class. Hope he gets there

  18. Pulisic is a much better inverted winger than Pepe. He is more productive, cheaper and offers more penetration

    Arsenal should search for a new inverted winger like Pulisic

    1. You are talking about who is better or not when the game is going on. Is this how to support your team? At least wait till when the game is finished. I thought I have seen it all ( negativity ) form arsenal fans.

      1. It’s just my honest opinion after comparing their productivities and performances in this season

        1. Well keep it the the end of the match. It sounds like you are looking for our player’s fault in the middle of the game.

    2. Pulisic is ridiculously two footed of course he will be a good inverter winger. He can shoot from both foots very well.

    1. Only a red a SueP if outside the box. As it was a penalty a red would have been double jeopardy so just a yellow.

    1. Hello Gotanidea . I hope we can block Giroud as well as put pressure on their backline now that their skipper is gone. Anyway what do you think of Pepe’s offensive play? More hits than misses, I would say!

      1. He worked hard today, but still unable to cut inside

        Pepe is like Coutinho at Bayern. Coutinho looks decent because of his good stats, but he only produced when Bayern are dominating their opposition and when they face weak team

        1. I also think he plays well when we dominate. But he does seem to have a wand of a left foot. I hope next season he takes on his opponents more, because he does have the ability to weave inside defences like he almost did for the freekick.

  19. Would’ve loved to have seen Azpilicueta sent off…. no chance now.. he’s done his bleedin’ hamstring…

    What a pen from Auba πŸ‘Œ

    1. Our opponents getting an injury, maybe it was azpi’s unlucky day? Curse for that tongue at the bridge?πŸ€”πŸ€”

  20. Well, we’ve clawed our way back to parity now and there’s plenty of time left to win this. From what I’ve seen thus far, we were a little cagey at first but we’ve grown into the game. We can definitely win this….. Come on Pepe, give us another left foot curler!!!

    Top bins!!πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

  21. My thoughts are the with the lads, I can’t watch this, can’t bar the nerves…

    Are we missing Mustafi???

    1. He’s been instrumental for us since the restart, unfortunately his contract is one year left

  22. At least it seems this ref has a soft spot for Ardenal.
    Come on guys, wrap it up in the next 45mins. They are already tiring out.

  23. Come on you gunners.!!!! We played better after we scored. We can do it just stop playing it back all the time please especially Cebellos. You can do it…. well done boys πŸ‘πŸ» πŸ‘πŸ» πŸ‘πŸ». One more half to go to get the winning goal.

  24. AMN and Bellerin seem to be lost in the first half. All the other players look so ready, Pepe is trying to make something and Caballos is all around! Auba is great as usual and Laca should try harder. They should give Pepe some fouls he is better than both Laca and Ceballos.

    We need Saka instead of AMN in the second half if he kept playing like this and maybe later Cedric should play.

    It should be a red card .. he tackled Auba which was the last player facing the goalkeeper!

    1. I think as the player was covering the defender,the yellow card was fair anyway so painful to see any player injured in a final like this
      But azpilicuetas injury is helping us as chelsea looks switched off in the back

  25. Love Wrighty’s reaction to the penalty going in…. and that smacked arse look on Cashley’s face!!

  26. The game is very open.
    End to end stuff.
    Chelseas high press is costing them and our long balls are working.
    COYG

    And must mention that martinez is a key player to break chelseas press along with luiz,those 2 are just super comfortable with the ball

  27. Paulisic out with a chance that could have been a goal!!! we don’t win this game then that is how God has designed it.

  28. Chelsea could exactly do what we did to them in 1st half….
    Exploiting lack of pace of Holding

  29. Just seeing Holding struggle shows how good Mustafi has been and what a turn around by him. I hope we sell holding along with belerin complete useless when it comes to defending. Why de club gave David Luis another year is beyond me.

    1. I think chelsea had a very small chance ogmd getting something out of the tie though. Who are you backing for CL, SueP? I think it’s between Bayern and PSG, though I like Madrid after Arsenal, of course!

      1. Sid
        I’d always prefer an English club over anyone else to be honest even if I can’t stand them the rest of the time. If not that then a team who hasn’t won it before.

      1. Yes he is but look at that run from Bellerin and that pass from Pepe. That is a team goal with an exquisite finish from our captain.

  30. Unusual to get a decision like that!!
    C’mon you ref!!! 🀣🀣🀣🀣

    1. Why are trying to protect the lead against a team with one man down. Score one more goal and it’s over.

  31. 33 years Pedro is still faster than 24 years old Holding πŸ˜‚ and the referee is so nice to us today

    1. Sid
      Referees don’t usually come to our aid do they?
      Let’s make the most of it when they do!
      🀣

      1. Salty comments from Frank incoming, SueP πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚! Meanwhile seems the 14th is in the bag?

  32. Frank must have got out of the bed the wrong side today. Blimey, I can’t believe the number of injuries.

  33. Hatrick on Chelsea it is πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  34. We are the champions, my friends
    And we’ll keep on fighting ’til the end
    We are the champions
    We are the champions
    No time for losers
    ‘Cause we are the champions of the FA Cup!!!! πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†

  35. Bring on the teams in the far flung parts of Europe
    Brilliant
    I hope the Arteta doubters realise what a gem we have. No longer the assistant coach!!!
    Brilliant

  36. So happy to end a shitty season on a high note. I hope Arteta is backed in the transfer market and I am already looking forward to the next season.

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