Off Time, Odds & Match Preview
For many fans the most intriguing part of pre-season is examining how new arrivals are bedding in. Arsenal won the FA Cup in 2014 and 2015, while Chelsea last won the tournament in 2012. Implication: With this win, Arsenal can always be ahead if they refocus in subsequent events! This leaves Arsenal with a very strong squad, and they also have more match fitness under their belts than Chelsea.
Arsenal have won 89% of their last nine matches overall and have won 71% of their last seven pre-season friendlies. Which made Arsenal’s FA Cup win over his team all the more enjoyable for the 30,000+ Gooners at Wembley. While Caballero has travelled to China, Antonio Rudiger, who joined the club from Roma last week, has not, after being allowed some extra time off following the Confederations Cup.
Both teams meet twice already this season with Arsenal winning comfortably 3-0 at home while Chelsea secured an important win against Arsenal at the bridge on their way to 5th league title. Should Arsenal wreck Chelsea’s Double bid it would be Wenger’s seventh FA Cup – matching the number of times Chelsea have lifted the trophy in their history.
With Santi Cazorla and the much-maligned Mesut Ozil shining, Olivier Giroud in good form and Alexis Sanchez continuing to electrify, Arsenal approach the game in full confidence. What a brave performance, and one that will go down in the annals of Arsenal history.
With the news overnight that Chelsea have signed £60m striker Alvaro Morata there is surely to be plenty of interest in the game, and although the Spanish international will not feature today, it should satisfy the hunger for football action, with Bet365 reporting a live streaming schedule this week.stream here