The Story in Numbers: Arsenal vs Chelsea FA Cup Final

This image is a derivative of 2009_0418_01_Wembley, by Peter Collins (CC BY-SA 2.0)

For a club which had become used to regularly collecting silverware in the early 2000s, getting their hands on trophies has been a rarity for Arsenal in recent years. 

However if there's one trophy the Gunners have remained relevant in, it's the FA Cup, where it's not only triumphed on a British-record 13 occasions, but where it's also won three of the last six editions. 

From 2005 through to 2014, Arsenal failed to bring a trophy of any description back to North London, however the historic FA Cup has remained the tournament the club has felt most comfortable in, and will look to add another title to the collection when they take on Chelsea this Saturday night.

While the Blues have unquestionably outperformed Arsenal in recent years, winning the Premier League three times as well as a landing a Champions League trophy, few would argue either of these two have performed near their best in recent times. 

London bragging rights are thus very much up for grabs ahead of the Wembley showdown, while the event also provides a perfect opportunity for both clubs to build momentum ahead of the the fast-approaching new season. 

Here's a look at what's at stake for both teams. 


Arsenal are coming off their worst Premier League season in 25 years, while the 51 goals they conceded was their leakiest return since 1984

Chelsea, on the other hand, despite wild bouts of inconsistency, were still good enough to place fourth, thus earning a berth in next season's Champions League. It's the 15th time in the last 18 seasons the Blues were good enough to fishing top-4, while they would have been elated to have got so much production from their talented youth, with the trio of Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount accounting for 31of Chelsea's 69 EPL goals.  

If Arsenal however can win the FA Cup it'd partly make up for a mostly pedestrian League campaign, while more importantly it'd secure them a place in next season's Europa League along with Leicester City and Tottenham.


Winning the FA Cup would mean a trophy in their first season as a manager for either Arsenal's Mikel Arteta or Chelsea's Frank Lampard, validating respective club decisions to bring these former playing greats back to their clubs. 

While Arteta only took over the Gunners in December, he's overseen a much more threatening Arsenal outfit, collecting 1.89 EPL points per game over his short tenure- which is a better mark than both Lampard (1.79) and Manchester United's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (1.75) who's been at the helm at Old Trafford since March, 2019. 


According to transfermarket, of the most EPL's 14 most valuable players under the age of 23, seven play for either Chelsea or Arsenal. 

While these two fallen champions aren't at their previous level of dominance, they at can at least take solace in how incredibly young, talented and productive their squads are.

In Chelsea's case, they simply wouldn't have returned to the top-4 without the incredible Christian Pulisic campaign, with the young American scoring or assisting a teammate in 3 of Chelsea's last 5 league games.

As for Arsenal, 19 year old, Bukayo Saka was immensely impressive operating down the left side for the Gunners, illustrating the kind of talent he flashed at youth level where he represented England 26 times. Young Frenchmen, Matteo Guendouzi,was also vital this season, and while he didn't net a goal, he was excellent in the centre of Arsenal's midfield, playing 24 games and completing a team-best 88.4% of his passes.

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Rajdeep Singh

Rajdeep is a freelance sports journalist and passionate sports enthusiast who loves watching tennis, cricket, and soccer. In his free time, he likes to binge-watch The Office on repeat and eat lots of food.

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