Saturday, 08 August, 2020

Aubameyang double helps Arsenal beat Chelsea for FA Cup trophy

Explained: Why Arsenal need FA Cup victory more than Chelsea Predicted Arsenal XI to face Chelsea in FA Cup final
Cary Erickson | 02 August, 2020, 08:53

Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice to help his side secure a 2-1 win over 10-man Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday for a record-extending 14th crown in the competition - and a spot in next season's Europa League.

Frank Lampard has ruled Christian Pulisic and Cesar Azpilicueta out of Chelsea's Champions League tie with Bayern Munich after they both picked up hamstring injuries in the FA Cup final.

Chelsea will be without Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who picked up a small injury problem, but Arsenal could be without five to six players for the London derby.

Arsenal are expected to come up with their strongest starting XI, and Argentine goalie Emiliano Martinez is expected to play in goal despite the fact that Bernd Leno is fit and back in training.

"I hope so. Everything is based on my conversations with him, how he sees his future, what I expect from him, the team that I want to build around him and the conversations I have with the people who are very influential around him".

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According to The Athletic, the £80m-rated player is interested in a big move from Aston Villa to Manchester United . Pep Guardiola is an admirer of the Englishman, but the high asking fee could also turn them off.

But with Aubameyang facing another season without Champions League football and just one year left on his contract at the Emirates, the Gabon global has been linked with a move away this summer.

"Well, you asked me my opinion and that's the feeling I get with conversations with him and his people, but obviously nothing is done yet and I want to enjoy the victory". Mikel Arteta told Arsenal Player.

'If I have to talk about the person he is, his values, the way he has treated me and how he deals with the players and the staff around him, its phenomenal.

"In terms of trophies, Arsenal needs it more and for confidence for next year and getting into Europe".

'As a coach, I have learned so much from him, we have spent some wonderful moments together, some hard ones as well, but the experience next to him has been incredible'.