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Aug 1, 2020 at 5.30pm UK at Wembley Stadium
ArsenalArsenal
2-1
ChelseaChelsea
Aubameyang (28' pen., 67')
Ceballos (73')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Pulisic (5')
Kovacic (14'), Azpilicueta (26'), Mount (45+4'), Rudiger (75'), Barkley (89')
Kovacic (73')

Combined XI: Arsenal vs. Chelsea

Ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI using players from both sides.

Arsenal take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final this weekend with Mikel Arteta and Frank Lampard seeking their first piece of silverware in management.

The Gunners booked their place in Saturday's showpiece with a 2-0 win over Manchester City in the semi-finals, while Chelsea saw off Manchester United 3-1.

Arteta has made some positive changes since taking over as Arsenal boss in December, but his side still finished 10 points below the Blues in the Premier League.

Both teams have a number of top-class talent in their respective squads, though, and Sports Mole has selected its strongest combined XI using players available for Saturday's match.


Combined XI: ARS vs. CHE

Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has taken his chance with both hands since replacing the injured Bernd Leno and will start this weekend's huge match. Given the issues Kepa Arrizabalaga has faced at Chelsea, and Willy Caballero's limited playing time, this one is a no-brainer.

Both teams could well go with a five-man defence on Saturday, but we have elected for a back four in order to shoehorn in more attacking talents further up the pitch.

With that in mind, Reece James gets the nod over Hector Bellerin and Cesar Azpilicueta at right-back following an impressive breakthrough campaign at Stamford Bridge, while Kieran Tierney is given the nod on the left after showing what he is capable of since recovering from niggling injury issues.

Chelsea have struggled defensively this term, and while Kurt Zouma and Antonio Rudiger is not exactly the best of partnerships, they are still better than what Arsenal have to offer - David Luiz and Rob Holding.

In order to give this side some balance, Granit Xhaka and Mateo Kovacic are selected to anchor central midfield. Jorginho has struggled at times in his second season at Chelsea, while N'Golo Kante has missed five matches and is unlikely to be fit for this weekend's match.

This team really comes to life up top, with Christian Pulisic - usually stationed out on the left - being given licence to roam just off lone striker Olivier Giroud. Alexandre Lacazette and Tammy Abraham were other possible options to lead the line, but Giroud has been in impressive form of late.

That leaves two spots up for grabs in the wide positions, with Willian being selected on the right thanks to a return of nine goals and seven assists in the Premier League this term. On the left, it is impossible to leave prolific scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out of the team so he completes our combined lineup.

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3Manchester UnitedMan Utd381812866363066
4Chelsea392061369571266
5Leicester CityLeicester381881267412662
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs3816111161471459
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves381514951401159
8Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd391512124239357
9Arsenal381414105648856
10Burnley38159144350-754
11Southampton38157165160-952
12Everton381310154456-1249
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle381111163858-2044
14Crystal Palace381110173150-1943
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914153954-1541
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham38109194962-1339
17Aston Villa3898214167-2635
RBournemouth3897224065-2534
RWatford38810203664-2834
RNorwich CityNorwich3856272675-4921

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