FA CUP FINAL: A BATTLE OF ROOKIE MANAGERS

BY KUNLE SOLAJA.

Both Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta and his Chelsea counterpart, Frank Lampard are  young football managers gunning for their maiden laurels. Both had won the FA Cup as players and are now gunning for new horizon.

Either of them could be the 18th man to win the FA Cup as both player and manager.

Roberto di Matteo became the 17th man to win the FA Cup as both player and manager when Chelsea beat Liverpool at the Wembley in 2012.

Arteta captained Arsenal to win the cup in 2014 after beating Hull City 3-2 to receive his first major honour in English football.

The Spaniard became the club’s manager last December and will be aiming for his first managerial success.

Frank Lampard, a successful footballer is also new as a manager. He is one of nine players, and the only midfielder, to have scored 150 or more goals in the Premier League.

He became the Chelsea manager last July as the first English man to manage the club over two decades. 

Between the two young managers – Arteta and Lampard – the 18th man to win the FA Cup as player and manager will emerge today.