The FA Cup final showdown between Chelsea and Arsenal brings Wembley to live again but this time without the passion and chanting of both fans.
A football competition as old as The FA Cup is named after the Football Association. It is the oldest national football competition. The first season was in 1871-72 between Wanderers and Royals.
The 2020 final, is a North-London derby, the first time this type of final
was staged in 2002 where Arsenal ran away with the cup after winning 2-0 against Chelsea.
This year’s FA Cup final will be held in Wembley tomorrow 1st August, 2020 at 5:30pm (WAT). Here are some other facts that makes the competition worthy of note.
Arsenal is the only club side with the highest number of appearance at the FA Cup final (21 times). They have claimed the title 13 times with seven record wins by Arsene Wenger for Arsenal.
Chelsea remains the most successful club side in FA Cup since the beginning of the competition’s century. They have been in nine finals and have won six of them. In total, they have won seven times.
No other club than Chelsea have won seven of their last nine FA Cup finals, with both defeats in that time coming against Arsenal. No teams have met in the final more than Chelsea and Arsenal, this is the 15th time. Chelsea and Arsenal have been drawn together in the FA Cup and have become familiar foes. The Blues have won five and Arsenal nine of the meetings so far.
So far there have only been two players who have represented both clubs in the same FA Cup final showdown.
Francis Birley played for Oxford University against Wanderers in 1873, and vice versa in 1877, while Jack Reynolds played for both Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion in FA Cup finals in the 1890s.
Both Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud and Arsenal’s David Luiz could be added to this list, having played for the opposite teams in the 2017 final.
This will be the first FA Cup final since 2012 where the two managers also played for their teams in an FA Cup final.
Mikel Arteta won with Arsenal in 2014, while Frank Lampard played in five finals for Chelsea, winning four. Indeed, Lampard’s only FA Cup final defeat was against Arsenal in 2002. Arteta could become the first person to win the FA Cup with Arsenal as both a captain and a manager.
Frank Lampard will be the first English manager to manage Chelsea in a major cup final since Glenn Hoddle in the 1994 FA Cup, which ended in a 0-4 defeat against Manchester United.