3 years ago, Arsenal faced Chelsea in the FA Cup final in a match that saw Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey fire Arsenal to lift their record 13th FA Cup. Arsenal were led by Arsène Wenger, who led Arsenal to 7 of those FA Cup triumphs, the most in history. They are now set to play each other again in the 2020 FA Cup Final.
The parallels between the two sides in this competition are staggering. Since 2000, both clubs have won 6 FA Cups. Arsenal played in 7 finals and Chelsea in 8. Undoubtedly, both teams are the most successful clubs this decade in the FA Cup. They’ve met in the FA Cup 20 times with Arsenal winning 9 to Chelsea’s 5 wins.
Another similarity with this season compared with the 2017 FA Cup run, is that Arsenal defeated Manchester City – in the semi-final no less – and Chelsea beat Manchester United on their route to the final too. All the teams are in a very different position 3 years later though, with Arsenal and Chelsea going through a real phase of transition.
The real important similarity Arsenal will hope for is the result. Arsenal have recently beaten the Premier League champions and the current FA Cup champions Manchester City. They are in a real run of form, winning 6 of their last 8 competitive matches, although Chelsea have also managed to win 6 of their last 8. The most recent final where the two clubs met saw Chelsea hammer Arsenal 4-1, something Arsenal fans will want to forget.
Are you excited about the FA Cup final?
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