Arsenal vs Chelsea Historic Match

No top four in last week’s final Premier League game but, all of that goes out the window tomorrow. Yes, we look to be without Laurent Koscielny, Gabriel and possibly Shkodran Mustafi but another trip to Wembley can see us lift our 13th F.A. Cup to make us the most decorated club in the competition yet again.
Looking back to look forward, there was only one F.A. Cup final in my eyes that I could go for. This one was played at the Millenium Stadium rather than Wembley but it was still an Arsenal vs Chelsea cup final. If you don’t know by now it’s the 2002 F.A. Cup final which saw us beat Chelsea 2-0, hopefully, we can do the same tomorrow.
If you need a reminder of the line ups here you go:

The final would be the first leg of matches that could see Arsenal win their second double in four years, the Gunners would play Manchester United to secure the double days later. And after losing the final against Liverpool the year before, this was the perfect bounce back.
However, there was some time to wait before the F.A. Cup came to North London as the first half failed to produce a goal.
Chelsea had shots from range through Le Saux and Lampard but couldn’t make us pay as Seaman was there to do his job.
Arsenal’s first chance of the game came after 20 minutes as an exchange of passes between Patrick Vieira and Ashley Cole near the half way line saw Arsenal’s number 4 float a long ball goalwards for Dennis Bergkamp. But unfortunately, the striker lived up to his nickname of ‘The Non-Flying Dutchman’ as he didn’t get up well, seeing his header go wide of the goal.
Seaman was called into action again and saved again. A mistake from Sol Campbell set Eider Gudjohnsen free on goal but luckily for us Seaman was there to save the day.
Another chance, another header gone begging! This time Bergkamp’s knock down to Thierry Henry was accurate more accurate than his previous header as the Frenchman found Sylvain Wiltord. After a one-two with Ljungberg on the edge of the box Wiltord then put the ball up into the box but Lauren’s diving header went over the bar.
Into the second half and we came ever so close again. After a Lauren cross was cleared the ball came to the feet of Vieira, who similarly to Xhaka against Sunderland last week, lofted the ball over the Chelsea defence to an onrushing Henry, however, after cutting in it was difficult for our leading goal scorer to send the ball home.
The game was very much becoming like a boxing match as each team went blow for blow. The next chance came for Chelsea as Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink muscled his way down the pitch before spreading the ball to Gudjohnson. Cutting in from the left the Iceland legend tested Seaman yet again with a curling effort which he did well to tip over the bar.
Finally a goal! With 20 minutes to go Wiltord received the ball in the centre circle before twisting by Marcel Desailly. He then laid the ball on to Ray Parlour. After taking to ball forward a few steps, a drop of the shoulder got him in some space. Before you knew it the Romford Pele was running off, arms up. He’d only just gone and put the ball right in the top corner! A wonderful strike which a hand from Carlo Cudicini couldn’t keep out.
Minutes later it could’ve been 2-0 as Arsenal escaped down the left before Henry had yet another shot palmed away by Cudicini.
Then, with 10 minutes to go, it was all over. Getting the ball on the halfway line Freddie Ljungberg drove at the tired Chelsea
Getting the ball on the halfway line Freddie Ljungberg drove at the tired Chelsea defence. Sprinting past one before seeing John Terry to the floor, hopefully, something similar could happen tomorrow. Then just as he reached the penalty area, another unsavable shot was bent into the top corner, this time by the Swede to confirm the Cup was Arsenal’s, as well as becoming the first player to score in consecutive Cup finals since Bobby Smith 40 years before.
So that was it, two excellent finishes from Parlour and Ljungberg and the trophy was lifted by Patrick Vieira and Tony Adams. Going into the game tomorrow we may not be favourites but we definitely have a chance to make it 13 F.A. Cups. Let’s just hope everyone plays to the best of their abilities and it could be yet another special day out to Wembley!

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