On Saturday afternoon at Wembley, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is aiming to become only the third manager to win the league and cup double in his first full season in English football. One of the previous two, Arsene Wenger, will be in the other dugout.
For all the intriguing on-pitch head-to-head battles, and in a game where both sides will use similar systems (and therefore players will match one another across the pitch), it is the clash between Conte and Wenger that is the most intriguing....
Chelsea will try to complete a domestic Double while Arsenal will attempt to win the FA Cup for a record 13th time when the two sides meet in the final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
The eventual top-flight champions have won the FA Cup on 11 occasions, with Chelsea the most recent club to do so in 2010. The last time a team failed to win the Double having reached the final was in 2007, when Chelsea defeated Premier League champions Manchester United.
LONDON -- There was a time when Arsene Wenger played the role of the slick, vibrant, bold, fresh-thinking foreign coach in the Premier League, winning a league and FA Cup double in his first full season as Arsenal manager and leaving his rivals trailing in his wake.
Wenger was 48 at the time, so hardly a coaching novice, but by guiding Arsenal to the Double in 1998, he injected English football with something new and set the club on course for almost a decade at the top, jostling with Sir Alex Ferguson's...
There's no doubt Arsenal's season has been a profound disappointment so far. Based on the money they've spent, the quality of the players they have and the expectation levels, to finish outside the top four is an underachievement.
The full consequences of that, and Europa League football, are yet to be seen, but it's something they have to put on the back burner as they have the chance to make up for that somewhat this weekend in the shape of the FA Cup.
For some, it's a tournament that has completely...
For Chelsea, the chance to win a second Premier League and FA Cup double. For Arsenal, the chance to climb back above Manchester United and claim the trophy for the 13th time. Those are the barest facts of Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley.
The subplots get more complicated beyond that. Might this be Arsene Wenger's final match in charge of Arsenal? Is this the last time Diego Costa leads the line for Chelsea? Similar might even be the case for Eden Hazard if Real Madrid can get their man.
There's so much at stake in Saturday's FA Cup final. For Chelsea, a historic Double in Antonio Conte's first season is on the line. At Arsenal, a turbulent season -- possibly Arsene Wenger's last -- could be salvaged with victory at Wembley.
Tom Adams (Arsenal) and Mark Worrall (Chelsea) look ahead to the showdown.
This match matters more to whom?
Mark Worrall: Worryingly for Arsenal, Chelsea will be supremely motivated to win and complete what would be a superb FA Cup and Premier League Double....