Pressure for European football mounts on Arsenal manager Arteta ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final meet with Chelsea. The thirteen-time winners will be looking to win the title as their only path to the Europa League after ending their Premier League season in eighth.
Both finalists – Arsenal and Chelsea – won their last league match of the season. While Chelsea’s 2-0 victory against Wolves ensured them a fourth-place finish in the league and a place in next season’s Champions League, Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Watford, which saw them climb over Sheffield United and Burnley into eighth, was not good enough to qualify them for a place in Europa League next season.
Victory against Chelsea on Saturday in Wembley will do that though, as the winner of the oldest knock-out competition in the world is automatically given a place in the prestigious Europa League.
Should Chelsea emerge victorious on Saturday, the place in the Europa League will go to Wolves, who finished seventh in the league.
The good news was that German goalkeeper Bernd Leno could well be available for the match against Chelsea after recovering quicker than expected from an injury that has kept him out for several weeks.
Hector Bellerin, who missed the Gunners’ game against Watford should also be available as his absence in the last game was more of a precaution than anything else. Shkodran Mustafi will be out of the tie after the club confirmed the defender had suffered an injury after being forced off during their semifinal win against Man City.
Arteta will be hoping that his star striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang brings his recent form to Wembley, having scored four of Arsenal’s six goals in their last three matches.
For Chelsea coach Frank Lampard, who is only in his second season as a first-team coach, winning the FA Cup would be a huge success. He won the cup four times as a player and would love nothing more to win it as a coach as well, giving the club their ninth FA Cup victory.
One of the players Lampard will be counting on to bring success is Christian Pulisic, who has been outstanding in his first season with the club.
According to the Marketing Director of StarTimes Uganda, Isma Lule, this final will be the greatest rivalry in English Football. Isma added that it would be the rebirth of the famous London derby in the FA cup.
As usual, StarTimes will broadcast the most prestigious competition in English History to all their Ugandan subscribers after acquiring rights to the games at the start of the season.
The match will take place at Wembley Stadium and will be live and in HD on StarTimes World Football at 7:30 pm EAT.