FA CUP FINAL: Arsenal vs Chelsea, Kick off time, free TV Channels, team news and more

2020 FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea. The 139th time the event has been held, for those who are counting. Arsenal have won the competition more times than any other team (13) with Chelsea in third with eight wins.

It’s also a repeat of the 2016-17 final, where Arsenal won 2-1.

When is it?
This Saturday – August 1. Delayed because of Covid-19, but going ahead with a new slot in the calendar.

What time is kick-off?
It’s a 5.30pm BST start at Wembley Stadium.

What TV channel is it on?
You have a choice of BBC and BT. It’s on BBC One, BT Sport 1, BT Sport Extra 1, BT Sport Ultimate, BBC iPlayer.

Alternatively, you can follow all the action here with Telegraph Sport, with live score updates and in-game analysis.

What is the team news?
Arsenal

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi will miss the FA Cup final against Chelsea on Aug. 1 because of a hamstring injury, the Premier League club said.

Mustafi, 28, sustained the injury during the closing stages of Arsenal’s 2-0 semi-final victory against Manchester City at Wembley last week.

“Will miss remaining matches of this season. Further details on recovery programme will be confirmed in the coming days,” Arsenal said.

The German defender has received plenty of criticism for his inconsistent displays for the north London club since his arrival from Valencia in 2016 but has enjoyed a renaissance under Mikel Arteta, starting 12 of their last 15 Premier League games.

Mustafi missed Arsenal’s 2-1 win against Chelsea in the 2017 FA Cup final because of illness

What are they saying?
Mikel Arteta after beating Man City in the semi-final:

“We are really happy with what has happened in the last four or five days,” added former City assistant Arteta.

“To beat probably the best two teams in Europe is the nicest thing to do so credit to the players for what they are doing, their performances and the level of fight they are showing.

Asked if a third-place Premier League finish and an FA Cup victory would represent a very good first season at the Stamford Bridge helm, he said: “I hope so because we want to win things, and at the start of the season we wanted to be up there challenging for the top four.

“A lot of people were tipping against us, but quietly I was always hoping.

“I don’t want to put everything on these three games defining everything we’ve done and the progress we’ve made, but of course we want top four, we want trophies and we’re at the business end, so let’s see.”

HOW ARSENAL PLAYED

Third round – Arsenal 1 Leeds United 0
Fourth round – Bournemouth 1 Arsenal 2
Fifth round – Portsmouth 0 Arsenal 2
Quarter-finals – Sheffield United 1 Arsenal 2
Semi-finals – Arsenal 2 Man City

HOW CHELSEA PLAYED

Third round – Chelsea 2 Nottingham Forest 0
Fourth round – Hull 1 Chelsea 2
Fifth round – Chelsea 2 Liverpool 0
Quarter-finals – Leicester 0 Chelsea 1
Semi-finals – Man Utd 1 Chelsea 3
What are the odds?
Arsenal – 23/20
Chelsea – 23/10
Draw at 90 mins – 12/5

PREDICTION
Both teams come into this match off the back of Premier League wins, while both have very good FA Cup records. It is likely to be tight, with Chelsea the slight favourites – perhaps by a goal in normal time.

Arsenal 1 Chelsea 2

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