Arsenal aim to end season on a high with FA Cup victory
By Olumba Obinna
1 week ago
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Arsenal are excited about Saturday's Heads Up FA Cup final against Chelsea because the players want to "save our season", says Alexandre Lacazette.
The Gunners, who have won a record 13 FA Cups, finished eighth in the Premier League and will not qualify for the Europa League if they lose at Wembley.
"We missed a few of our targets," said France striker Lacazette, 29.
Arsenal's Mikel Arteta and Chelsea's Frank Lampard are both aiming to win first trophies as managers.
Lacazette added: "It's been a weird year. We had the long stop, we changed manager [Arteta replaced Unai Emery in December], had different players.
"It was a difficult season, maybe the most difficult in my career, but I know I learned a lot. The FA Cup means a lot. I came to Arsenal to win trophies."
Meanwhile, Blues boss Lampard has backed winger Willian to produce another "fantastic" performance in the final game before the Brazilian's deal runs out.
"He's been fantastic for us. He's been fantastic this season - he's shown the right attitude," said Lampard.
"So I would expect nothing less than he's shown already, and that's Willian for you."
Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin missed the win over Watford as a precaution with a tight calf but has been back in training this week.
Cedric Soares is cup-tied, while Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari, Shkodran Mustafi and Gabriel Martinelli remain out.
Influential Chelsea pair N'Golo Kante and Willian are both in the squad after injuries.
However, Ruben Loftus-Cheek sustained a minor injury in training on Thursday and has been ruled out.
A crowdless Wembley for the semi-finals was an eerie enough experience, but for nobody to be there for our game's annual showpiece occasion? That's a whole new level.
The FA have done their best to ensure it still stands out as special, from the singing of Abide With Me (pre-recorded by Emeli Sande from the stadium roof) to a modified trophy and medal presentation, but it's inevitable that the day just won't have the same joy and excitement.
At least we can expect some from the game, a relatively evenly matched one between clubs who served up a truly entertaining final just three years ago.
It certainly ought to be closer than last year's season-ending Europa League final for both, with Arsenal undoubtedly improving under Mikel Arteta - bidding to follow George Graham in playing for and managing a Gunners cup-winning side.
Frank Lampard could be the third to do that for Chelsea (after Gianluca Vialli and Roberto Di Matteo), with the chance to put a trophy-winning seal on a first season in charge that has surpassed realistic expectations.
Let's hope the contest does too, to end the longest, strangest domestic season with at least some sort of smile.
To borrow a line from Abide With Me's final verse - "Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies".[NewsNaira]
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