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Chelsea chase Double glory

Chelsea chase Double glory


Chelsea will hope to be celebrating the Double come Saturday evening, but they will not be underestimating Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

The two London rivals go head-to-head in the traditional domestic end-of-season showpiece with the Blues favourites at 10/13 in the 90 minute match market to edge out the Gunners, who are 7/2.

It’s no surprise Antonio Conte’s men are tipped to lift the Cup following their outstanding Premier League campaign and, if they’re at their best, it’s difficult to make a case for anything other than blue ribbons being attached to the trophy at Wembley.

The list of star men responsible for helping Chelsea win the title is long and much has been written about the contributions Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Diego Costa, Thibaut Courtois, Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta – to name just six – have made since August.

However, what’s also impressive is the likes of Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso have been turned into outstanding wing-backs by the Italian coach and even players who have struggled for starts – for example Cesc Fabregas, Willian and Michy Batshuayi – have made significant impacts in their dominant league campaign.

There is strength in depth in abundance so Arsenal will be rightly worried. However, Arsene Wenger’s side enter the game in fine form themselves and, even though their league season ended in disappointment with fifth place and no Champions League football for next term for the first time in 20 years, they can still cause the Blues problems on Saturday.

A run of five straight victories – and eight in 10 overall – means their confidence shouldn’t be too knocked despite failing to make the top four.

Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, with the latter an attractive 33/20 to score anytime, can torment the best, while Aaron Ramsey is fit and seems rejuvenated.

The Gunners also have a fantastic recent record at Wembley, winning on their last eight visits, with one of those a Community Shield success over Chelsea.

They have been FA Cup specialists in recent years too, beating Aston Villa and Hull City respectively in two of the last three finals, so Saturday may not be as clear-cut as some Chelsea fans and pundits will have you believe.

Arsenal overcame the odds to see off Manchester City in the semi-final but, all things considered, beating Chelsea may just prove beyond them this time.

A draw/Chelsea win in the half-time/full-time market looks attractive at 7/2 as more silverware for Conte’s men beckons.

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Aidan Perkins Aidan is another person with a wealth of journalistic experience behind him, both written and broadcasting. He has played football to a good level and that gives him an extra insight into the reason for selections at both domestic and European matches.