Arsenal face Chelsea in the FA Cup final in a fixture that is vital for the Gunners in their quest for a place in Europe. Arsenal’s league position isn’t enough for a place in the Europa League. Winning the FA cup is of paramount importance to the North London outfit. However, failure to do so would prove catastrophic for Arteta’s men. The prospects of luring top talents to the club would take a blow without the participation in the continental competitions.
Victory over their London rivals will see Mikel Arteta win the first major trophy of his short managerial career. Given the importance of the game, the Spaniard will pick the best possible XI for the FA Cup final.
Emiliano Martinez has performed admirably well for the Gunners in the absence of Bernd leno. The Argentine will retain his place, courtesy of his heroics since Leno went down injured.
Shkodran Mustafi is ruled out for this fixture. The oft-error-prone German became a reliable defender since Arteta took over. His ability in the air coupled with his ball-playing capabilities could have been valuable for the Gunners. Instead, the North-London side have to bank on Rob Holding to do the job on the right side of the defense.
David Luiz will keep his place at the heart of the defense with Sead Kolasinac likely to start on the left.
Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos will start at the heart of the midfield with Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney on the right and left flanks respectively. Bukayo Saka is another option on the left if Arteta decides to start Tierney in defense.
Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Nicolas Pepe have started in most of the recent fixtures. The trio is likely to start with Lacazette up top. Aubameyang and Pepe with partner him on the flanks.
Key absentees: Bernd Leno, Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi, Gabriel Martinelli.