Mikel Arteta has gone for a similar strategy as he did to beat Manchester City as Hector Bellerin [right] and Ainsley Maitland-Niles [left]both start as wing-backs.
Emi Martinez keeps his place in goal as confirmed ahead of the game and will be shielded by Rob Holding, David Luiz and Kieran Tierney.
Dani Ceballos and Granit Xhaka pair each other in midfield while the front three is Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out wide with Alexandre Lacazette through the middle.
The bench consists of Matt Macey, Sokratis, Sead Kolasinac, Lucas Torreira, Matt Smith, Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson, Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah.
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Heading into this FA Cup final, Mikel Arteta will be keen to ensure the external pressures of the game don’t overcome his players. A place in the next season’s Europa League is at stake and with that will come financial benefits that could make Arsenal’s summer that much smoother in regards to transfers.
“You cannot make any more pressure. They need to go there and enjoy the moment as well. Feel free in their minds, what they have to do on the pitch has to be clear and then just go and express yourselves, compete and be a team,” he said ahead of the game.
“There’s no need to talk to them about that [Europe]. They know, they are aware of it and that’s it. I don’t want to add any extra pressure on them in terms of that.
“They prepared really well this week, they’re ready to go. What has to drive them forward is the energy and ambition to grab that cup at the end of the 90 minutes and that’s it.”
With the game so important to Arsenal’s future plans, the potential result also carries uncertainty over whether this could be some players’ final games for the club.
With his current deal set to expire in 2021, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is one of these players but Arteta is confident that an Arsenal win will keep him in north London.
“No, I don’t have that fear [that this will be Aubameyang’s last game for Arsenal],” he said in his pre-match press conference.
“What I said is it’s a package at the end. You need a lot of ingredients on the table to persuade a player of his level to be at this football club. Don’t forget that he still has a contract here with us. We wanted to keep him and do it in a more long-term way but at the moment he’s with us and I think he should be really proud of where he is as well.
“That [lifting the cup as captain] has a strong link with everything that you want to experience as a player.
“Winning the trophy helps to really believe and feel, ‘Wow, I want to experience more of these moments.’ If you are wearing the armband and you are able to lift that cup, it’s such a moment – this is going to help for sure.”
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