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FA Cup final will be latest chapter in Arsenal and Chelsea’s thrilling final history

Chelsea and Arsenal meet this Saturday evening in the FA Cup final at what will be an eerily empty Wembley.

But while the supporters must stay away, it promises to be an entertaining contest with both Frank Lampard and Mikel Arteta desperate to win their first trophy in management.

This will be the fifth time the two clubs have met in a cup final this century and the third time in the FA Cup final.

We take a look back at the previous four encounters here.

Arsenal take on Chelsea in this season’s FA Cup final at an empty Wembley on Saturday night

The Blues are looking for a first title under Frank Lampard and come up against an old enemy

The Blues are looking for a first title under Frank Lampard and come up against an old enemy

FA CUP FINAL 2002 – ARSENAL 2 CHELSEA 0

This was the season that Arsene Wenger’s second great team at Highbury emerged from the shadow of Manchester United to achieve their own domestic dominance.

By the time of this final at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, Arsenal hadn’t lost domestically since December 18, building up ahead of steam that would see them win a second Double in five seasons.

This was actually the first leg of that success, the Cup final taking place on the strangely early date of May 4. Four days later, Wenger’s side won 1-0…