Paul Merson is back with his FA Cup final prediction

Hazel Gray
May 28, 2017

Former Arsenal defender O'Leary is anxious that Chelsea will have too many players that can hurt Arsene Wenger's side at Wembley on Saturday evening.

While the Frenchman continues to be targeted by the vociferous "Wenger Out" brigade, Arsenal's season-ending run of seven wins in eight games means they approach the game with something of a spring in their step.

"That will be a massive final". He is a player to watch out for in today's FA Cup final at the Wembley Stadium.

But he has never before gone into a final knowing it is his last hope of salvaging anything from the season, after Arsenal missed out on the top four and fell by the wayside in the League Cup and Champions League. All the same I will be watching on Saturday. "But we have to play great attention (due to the uncertainty) in modern football".

Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey continue in the centre of midfield while Mesut Ozil is in an advanced position, alongside Alexis Sanchez. We saw Tottenham play very well in the semi-final and they still let in four goals. They're going to want revenge but we'll stick to our tactics and try and make sure we win.

Despite Conte's respect for Wenger, there will be no let-up from the Italian, who wants his side to complete a remarkable season.

Asked if a major club from elsewhere in Europe could tempt him away, he replied: "For the moment, I don't know".

With Arsenal's defence, I can't see them coping with Chelsea's attacking flair.

These London rivals have played a fair few classics over the years, and while there is an obvious favourite going into this one, we could witness yet another Arsenal vs Chelsea match for the ages. A win definitely for Chelsea my brother.

Arsenal vs Chelsea is set to begin at 10pm IST, 5.30pm BST. Only this season they haven't qualified in the Champions League.

"I am predicting a 3-1 win for Chelsea in the final".

Colombia worldwide Ospina has been Arsenal's regular cup goalkeeper since Cech joined from Stamford Bridge at the start of last season, but missed the semi-final win over Manchester City due to a back injury.

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