Bruised but unbowed, Arsene Wenger hopes to end the most painful season of his long tenure as Arsenal manager with a record-breaking FA Cup final victory over Double-chasing Chelsea.Though he has been barracked by his own fans and failed to secure Champions League qualification for the first time in 20 years, Wenger can make history by becoming the first manager to win seven FA Cups.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been out of Chelsea’s match day squad with a back injury for the past two weeks but he is the only real doubt ahead of Saturday’s match.The Chelsea youngster has only played a bit part this season and the Blues are expected to have a clean bill of health otherwise. N’Golo Kante missed Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Middlesbrough and was only on the bench against West Brom but he made his comeback in the match against Watford.
Chelsea face no such pressure. They have won the league at a canter and they easily brushed off all the opposition on their road to Wembley. Even the only team that looked like challenging them – Tottenham were easily dealt with in the semifinal. Conte does not have any major selection conundrums and the only pressure Chelsea are under is that of the favourites tag. That, and the pressure on Conte to match the feat of Ancelotti’s side from seven years back.