Chelsea hold all the cards when it comes to recent meetings, going back to last summer when the two met in the Europa League final – an emphatic 4-1 victory for the Blues against the Gunners in Baku. A few months later in the Premier League Chelsea staged an impressive comeback to win 2-1 at the Emirates thanks to Jorginho and Tammy Abraham. A 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge back in January ensures Chelsea go over a year without tasting defeat to their London rivals and form would suggest they are favourites to make it four unbeaten.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will have to make some decisions before kick-off, with N’Golo Kante and Willian available. The French midfielder has missed the last six games to injury, but would be a welcome boost to steel up the midfield and help nullify midfield the attacking threat posed by the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Willian is also ready for selection, but contractual issues rumble and that could mean a place on the bench for the Brazilian.
Point to Prove
Chelsea have been shaped this season under manager Frank Lampard as a team that has given their academy prospects the chance they deserve, that was vindicated fully by finishing in the top four and qualifying for the Champions League. But for the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham, as well as rookie manager Frank Lampard, silverware would officially seal a season done differently and ultimately successfully.
Revenge for 2017
Chelsea vs Arsenal in the FA Cup 2017, is surely a game that Frank Lampard will make his new crop of players aware of ahead of kick-off. For the likes of Willian, Kante, Pedro, Alonso and Azpilicueta this will be a game they will want to remedy. A 79th minute winner for Arsenal at Wembley that day will be a source of motivation this Saturday.
Most Successful Side
Chelsea are the most successful FA Cup winning club this century, winning six FA Cups and now reaching nine finals (this season). The only blight in that record are two defeats to, you guessed it, Arsenal. There is so much reason and motivation behind the stats to give the Blues the confidence to win but also to focus on their history with Arsenal. Victory would usher in a new decade of FA Cup glory and flip the script on a disruptive record by their north London rivals.