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Arsenal and Chelsea are preparing to face each other in the FA Cup final today, August 1st.
Ahead of the game, BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson has stated his prediction.
“Unlike, say, last year’s final between Manchester City and Watford, this game is very hard to call.
“For starters, it is going to be a very different sort of occasion. We know now that football behind closed doors is strange, but this is going to be the strangest game yet.
“It’s an FA Cup final, and a derby game too, but it doesn’t really feel like that. Fans are an intrinsic part of football regardless, but that is even more the case for the moments when you win things. Without them at Wembley, it just won’t be the same.
“I am still expecting a good game, though, and it is Arsenal who I think will edge it.
“I’ve been quite critical of them, and how fragile they have been defensively, but apparently Arteta does a lot of work on their shape in training, and it is definitely having an effect.
“Arteta has not just brought a kind of feel-good factor back to the club since taking charge in December, he has shored them up.
“To win on Saturday, they will need to show more of the resilience they had when they beat City and Liverpool in the space of a week, but they are always going to score goals with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in their team.
“That’s not to say Chelsea are not dangerous too. I just feel like Arsenal have got more momentum and confidence at the moment, but otherwise it is difficult to split the two sides.”
Lawrenson ‘s score prediction: Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea
source – BBC