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IT’S LONDON DERBY FA CUP FINAL AS MAN UNITED CRUMBLE UNDER CHELSEA BOMBARDMENT

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Chelsea will face Arsenal in the FA Cup final after they beat Manchester United at Wembley on August 1. This will be a rematch of the 2002 and 2017 finals. Poor Manchester United, they will now go three seasons without a trophy!

Olivier Giroud opened the scoring for the Chelsea in first-half stoppage time, after Eric Bailly’s head injury allowed extra minutes.

The Frenchman diverted Cesar Azilicueta’s cross to beat a flapping David De Gea.

Straight after the interval, De Gea failed to cover himself in glory again as he failed to keep out Mason Mounts low strike from outside the penalty box.

Harry Maguire then poked into his own goal after a low Marcos Alonso centre to settle the game, although Bruno Fernandes did score from the penalty spot late on.

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The  Chelsea versus Arsenal presents a perfect first FA Cup for the new decade as two of the most regular attendees of finals in the last two decades clash.

Between them, they have 14 appearances at one of the Old Wembley, Millenium Stadium or New Wembley in the past 20 years.

They have met each other twice – Arsenal winning in both meetings in 2002 and 2017.

Tim Lovejoy will tell you about Ray Parlour in the former!

The Gunners might have the advantage in FA Cup finals, but not in recent finals

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The Blues were utterly rampant in the Europa League final last year – Arsenal will want revenge.

It all adds up to be an exciting showpiece between two exciting young managers and schizophrenic squads.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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