Arsenal Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Chelsea

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Everything you need to know ahead of the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday

"The team has given so much, I think they really want to win something," said Arsene Wenger ahead of Saturday's showpiece FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea.

Speculation regarding the Frenchman's future has been rife all season and while it is still unknown whether Wenger will stay on as Arsenal boss, he has the opportunity to become the most successful manager in FA Cup history if the Gunners win this weekend.

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Arsenal go into the game having missed out on fourth place for the first time in 21 years and, with Europa League on the horizon, they will want to end a frustrating season on a positive note.

They face a Chelsea side who have just become champions of England and, under Antonio Conte, continue to play the kind of attacking football that Wenger will certainly hope to replicate at Wembley, although a mounting injury crisis in defence could kill those hopes.


ARSENAL INJURIES


Shkodran Mustafi Arsenal

Shkodran Mustafi is a major doubt with concussion and looks likely to miss out on Saturday's cup final.

The German international hasn't trained this week and a final decision will be made by club doctor Gary O'Driscoll on the 24-year-old's fitness, with skipper Per Mertesacker expected to come in and replace him.

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Alexis Sanchez and Kieran Gibbs are both injury doubts ahead of the game but trained ahead of the game and are almost certain to start.


ARSENAL SUSPENSIONS


Laurent Koscielny is suspended for this match after receiving a red card in Arsenal's final league game of the season against Everton.

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ARSENAL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP


Injuries in defence mean that captain Per Mertesacker could start his first game of the season alongside youngster Rob Holding and makeshift centre-back Nacho Monreal.

There was a doubt over Kieran Gibbs' involvement due to a thigh injury but he trained before the game and could start at left wing-back, which means Wenger is likely to stick with three in defence.

Olivier Giroud could start up front although Danny Welbeck's astute link-up play with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil makes him a potential candidate for the attacking role. 

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CHELSEA TEAM NEWS


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Premier League champions Chelsea have lost just twice in their last 13 games against Arsenal in all competitions - with one of those defeats coming in the 2015-16 Community Shield.

The Blues have a fully fit squad to choose from with only Ruben Loftus-Cheek an injury doubt ahead of the game after missing the past two weeks with a back problem, while N'Golo Kante will also be involved following his return from injury against Watford.

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Conte's side fielded a strong line-up in their final league game of the season with Sunderland to ensure that their star players are all fit for the cup final.

Diego Costa is their top scorer with 21 goals in all competitions this season.


BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS


  • This will be the second FA Cup final contested between Arsenal and Chelsea. The Gunners triumphed in the 2002 FA Cup final in Cardiff 2-0, with goals from Ray Parlour and Freddie Ljungberg.

  • This is the first FA Cup final fixture to be played at both the Milennium Stadium and the new Wembley Stadium.

  • A win for Arsenal would see them claim their 13th trophy, moving them one ahead of Manchester United on 12.

  • Arsene Wenger could win his third FA Cup in four seasons by beating Chelsea. Should his team lift the trophy, he would be set a recor for most FA Cup wins as a manager (7, currently on 6 with George Ramsay).

  • Antonio Conte's only previous domestic cup final as a manager (excluding Super Cups) came at Juventus, losing 2-0 to Napoli in 2011/12.

  • The Gunners have won each of their last six games at Wembley. This is their best run at the ground (new or old).


TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME


The match is being televised live on BBC One and BT Sport in the UK, kicking off at 17:30 BST. 

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