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Chelsea News: Antonio Conte reveals his celebration plans if Blues beat Arsenal to FA Cup

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ANTONIO CONTE will allow himself a proper celebration if Chelsea see off Arsenal in the FA Cup final.
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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte backed to raid Arsenal and Manchester City

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JOE COLE has told Antonio Conte to sign Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero and Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez.
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Chelsea v Arsenal: Gunners will lose FA Cup final if they do this - Graeme Le Saux

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GRAEME LE SAUX says Arsenal will lose the FA Cup final if they go toe-to-toe with Chelsea today.
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Injuries mount. Anthony Taylor to preside. What could go wrong?

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Cazorla's still out. That's nothing new. Gabriel joins him, also injured. Koscielny's banned. Also sidelined? Maybe Mustafi and Gibbs. At this rate, we'll have no one left to play in the defense regardless of whether we play a 4-2-3-1 or a 3-4-3. Pity that Chambers is cup-tied. At Chelsea's end, of course, they're hale and healthy and have all but coasted across the finish line the Prem. Sure, there have been some hiccups here and there, but does anyone seriously doubt that they'll do the double, adding the FA Cup to that Prem title?For as much as it's been kisses and cups at Chelsea, it feels like it's been nothing but brick-bats and handbags at Arsenal. We've suffered our worst finish in a generation, finishing below Tottenham and outside th top four for the first time in living memory, and we'll now have to grit our teeth and compete in the Europa League. In the short term, then, the FA Cup final is our last chance at resurrecting some semblance of salvation from an otherwise sullen season.Mounting injury-woes hardly help. As was already mentioned, we risk going into the final without not only Koscielny, courtesy of our having our appeal of his red-card against Everton rejected, but also without Gabriel and perhaps Mustafi and Gibbs. Would a backline of Holding, Monreal, and Bellerín be enough to stave off a Chelsea attack that has scored nine goals in its previous two matches (albeit against Sunderland and Watford)? Let's hope.Chelsea have not suffered any malaise of late despite having won the Prem title some weeks ago. Even if they have been a bit careless of late—they've conceded more than one goal just thirteen times all season but thrice in the last month—they have been able to ease their way through the end of the Prem season and the last few rounds of the FA Cup. Whether this suggests that they've lost their competitive fire is an open question, and one well-worth asking.Part of the answer to that question lies, of course, in our own motivations. We've not looked half-bad since losing at White Hart Lane a few weeks ago. Even if one rightly attaches an asterisk to our win over Man U, we've comfortably taken care of business elsewhere and have even managed to look vey good on two separate occasions against Man City—even as Guardiola desperately sought to stave off his first-ever season without silverware.In other words, we have shown that we can rise to the occasion. In recent seasons, we have staked our claim on the FA Cup, having won it in 2014 and 2015. There may be little else to claim in this campagain, but, dammit, we can still claim this. Conte deserves credit for having steered Chelsea to the top of the Prem, but I don't think he fully gets what this cup is all about. Sure, Serie A has its Coppa Italia, to be sure, but not even that can compete with the magic of the FA Cup. Without making too much of it, Arsène has won this competition more times than any other manager in the modern era (and the only one to match him was Aston Villa's George Ramsay, who won his last in 1920).This isn't about managers, though. It's about pride, tradition, pageantry. I'm not sure that those at Chelsea's end get that. It remains to be seen whether they at their end can summon the same passion, the same urgency, that is necessary to win this one.LAST 3Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal (04.02.2017)Arsenal 3-0 Chelsea (24.09.2016)Arsenal 0-1 Chelseae (24.01.2016)FACTFILEArsenal have faced Chelsea 19 times in the FA Cup, winning eight times.John Terry has scored two own-goals for Arsenal in the FA Cup. Just sayin'.Saturday marks Arsenal's 20th FA Cup final appearance—a competition record.INJURIESKoscielny is banned; Cazorla and Gabriel are ruled out, and Mustafi, Gibbs, and Oxlade-Chamberlain face late fitness tests.POSSIBLE STARTING XIČech; Holding, Monreal, Bellerín; Gibbs, Ramsey, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Alexis, Özil, Giroud.PREDICTIONArsenal 2-1 Chelsea,
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My Arsenal XI to face Chelsea in the Cup final! What’s your’s?

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Despite a largely disappointing campaign, Arsenal have the opportunity to end the season on a high note by winning a third FA Cup in four years. Considering that the Gunners’ opponents are Premier League champions Chelsea, the team selection has to be spot on. The latest team news is that both Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez […]
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The biggest bottlejobs: Who dropped the most points from winning positions this season?

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WHICH club bottled it most often in this season’s Premier League?
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Martin Keown: I feel sorry for this Arsenal player ahead of Chelsea clash

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MARTIN KEOWN says he feels sorry for Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech ahead of their FA Cup final clash with Chelsea today.
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Arsenal star left stunned by Arsene Wenger decision for Chelsea FA Cup final clash

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PETR CECH has reportedly been left stunned by Arsene Wenger’s decision to leave him on the bench for today’s FA Cup final clash with Chelsea.
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Martin Keown: FA Cup final would be perfect time for Arsene Wenger to leave Arsenal

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MARTIN KEOWN reckons a win for Arsenal against Chelsea in the FA Cup final today would be the perfect time for Arsene Wenger to leave the club.
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How will Arsenal’s back line look against Chelsea now?

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The final of England’s greatest cup competition, the FA Cup, takes place this Saturday with the Gunners facing a tough test against the Premier League Champions, Chelsea. It will be a big challenge for Arsenal and I think most fans will be leaning towards pessimism towards the outcome of the match rather than being optimistic. […]
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Jeremy Corbyn promises 'flexible' train ticket for football fans

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Arsenal must beat Chelsea to boost morale after Top Four failure

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Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade Chamberlain is in a race against time to be fully fit for the FA Cup final this weekend, where the Gunners will come up against Chelsea. Chamberlain has had a fantastic season for the club and although injuries have limited him at times this season, he’s beginning to look like a key […]
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Manchester's city games begin but events around UK are cancelled

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Great CityGames get under way, but some concerts – as well as Chelsea FC’s victory parade – have been cancelled in wake of bombing atrocityManchester’s Great CityGames began as scheduled on Friday with the women’s pole vault kicking off events in Albert Square, where days earlier thousands had gathered for a vigil following the terror attack on Manchester Arena.Speaking near the 200m running track set up on Deansgate, a major thoroughfare that leads towards the arena, the Olympic hurdles medallist and BBC commentator Colin Jackson said it was right that the event went ahead. Related: ‘Go sing with the angels’: families pay tribute to Manchester victims Continue reading...
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Wenger would give medal away

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Arsene Wenger could become the FA Cup's most successful manager this weekend if Arsenal beat Chelsea but he insists that would not be enough for him to hold on to his medal.
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Gary Cahill says winning with Chelsea is like an addiction

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England centre half Cahill has won every major honour inside five years and will lead out his team at Wembley on Saturday as Chelsea chase a league and FA Cup Double.

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