Good evening and welcome to football.london’s live coverage of Mikel Arteta’s pre-match press conference ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday [August 1].
The Gunners will be boosted headed into the clash at Wembley after beating Manchester City 2-0 in the semi-final with two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The side lost to Aston Villa in their following game but bounced back with a 3-2 win over Watford on the final day of the Premier League.
Finishing eighth in the league means that Arsenal’s only chances of securing Europa League football for next season rest on winning the FA Cup. Should they fail to do so, they will be without European football going into the 2020/21 campaign.
In Chelsea, they face familiar opponents having played them 10 times [three wins – one on penalties, four draws, three losses] since beating them in their last FA Cup final appearance in 2017.
Alongside questions about the FA Cup final, Arteta is expected to be quizzed about Mesut Ozil’s future, Matteo Guendouzi’s availability as well as whether Arsenal have made any movements in the transfer market.
Follow below as our club writer Art de Roche brings the updates from the Gunners head coach as they come.