Down to the last two as we head towards the 139th FA Cup Final or the FA Cup Final 2020 where Arsenal and Chelsea will battle it out to claim the silverware. The match was officially named the Heads Up FA Cup Final by The Football Association as part of a campaign around mental health awareness promoted by the FA president, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. The battle between Arteta’s men and Lampard’s men will be a treat to watch as both will be fighting to win their first FA Cup title in their managerial career. This season was their first campaign in the Premier League as head manager and silverware in the first season will be a huge achievement for any manager.
Arsenal’s road to the FA Cup Final 2020
Arsenal entered the 139th edition of the FA Cup in the third round as a Premier League side and started their journey off against Bielsa’s Leeds United, the newly-promoted Premier League side. Arsenal clinched a victory over the then Championship side by a single goal scored by Reiss Nelson.
In the 4th round, they meet their fellow Premier League side, Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. Arsenal went 2-0 up at the early stages of the game and finished the match in a 2-1 win with goals scored by their youngsters Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah.
In the 5th round, Arsenal found themselves playing against League One side Portsmouth FC away from home at Fratton Park. A comfortable win of 2-0 helped them to march to the next round courtesy of goals from Sokratis and Nketiah.
In the Quarter-Finals, they came face to face with Premier League side Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Arsenal clinched a hard-fought victory over Sheffield with a last-minute winner from Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos and the final score was 2-1.
In the semi-final, there was a clash of titans as Arsenal were to play against their Premier League nemesis Manchester City at Wembley. Arsenal displayed a fine game with a resolute defensive display from Arteta’s men and two top-notch strikes from Aubameyang helped the Gunners march into the Finals beating the defending Champions by 2-0.
Arsenal’s League campaign was not so much fruitful so a FA Cup silverware might be a compensation for the management, players and the fans as well with a ticket to the European Football next season.
Chelsea’s road to FA Cup Final 2020
Chelsea started as a Premier League side in the 3rd round of the competition where they met Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge and secured a comfortable win of 2-0. The goals were scored by Callum Hudson Odoi and Ross Barkley respectively. In their 4th round, they were drawn against Hull City away from home where they again kissed the victory but the margin was reduced to 2-1 virtue of goals scored by Michy Batshuayi and Tomori.
In their next match, they were up against the heavyweights Liverpool, the match that place in their own den, and Chelsea made the most out of their home ground advantage. They defeated Liverpool 2-0 with goals Ross Barkley and Willian.
In the Quarter-Final, they came face to face against the “Dark Horses” Leicester City away from their home Chelsea managed to clinch a 1-0 victory with Ross Barkley giving his best scaring once again.
Next up, they clashed with an old rival Manchester United at a neutral ground, in the Wembley stadium. Chelsea tasted 3-1 victory with goals from Oliver Giroud, Mason Mount, and a surprising own goal from United captain Harry Maguire. The match witnessed devastating goalkeeping from one of the highest-paid goalkeepers in the world David De Gea.
Chelsea’s League campaign was also not a good one as per their standards as they finished 4th below Manchester United so FA Cup silverware might be a boost up for the management, players, and of course for the fans.
UEFA Europa League Qualifications scenario
The winners of the FA Cup final 2020 get a direct entry into the UEFA Europa League group stage. If the FA Cup winners finish in top 5 of the Premier League then the UEL spot is acquired by the next highest-ranked team in the league table.
Since Chelsea has already qualified for next year’s UEFA Champions League so the UEL place would not be a matter of concern for them but certainly a win in the FA Cup final 2020 will be their only objective.
But the case with Arsenal is different as they finished 8th in the league and far behind from qualifying into the European competitions so Arteta’s men will be having an extra motivation to clinch the silverware in the FA cup final 2020 and qualify into next year’s UEL.
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