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FA Cup final tactical preview: how will Wenger counteract Conte's plans?

May 26, 2017 07:28 AM PDT

The FC panel have their say on who will win the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal. ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent Mattias Karen feels Wenger will remain with Arsenal despite how they fare in the final. Chelsea have gone through 16 managerial changes in Arsene Wenger's 20-year tenure with Arsenal, here is a look at who came out on top ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey has his say as to whether or not Chelsea will seal the double against Arsenal. 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 eye domestic Double; Arsenal want record 13th FA Cup win

May 26, 2017 06:40 AM PDT

Relive Arsenal and Chelsea's respective journeys to Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium. Chelsea vice-captain Gary Cahill feels that anything could happen when they face Arsenal in the 2017 FA Cup final. ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey has his say as to whether or not Chelsea will seal the double against Arsenal. ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent Mattias Karen feels Wenger will remain with Arsenal despite how they fare in the final. 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. If Chelsea were to win, they would capture...

FA Cup success won't help Arsenal, Chelsea prove change is the only way

May 26, 2017 03:19 AM PDT

The FC panel have their say on who will win the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal. 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...

Arsenal need FA Cup victory to plaster over Premier League disappointment

May 26, 2017 03:07 AM PDT

ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent Mattias Karen feels Wenger will remain with Arsenal despite how they fare in the final. The Exploding Heads try to touch on just about every storyline ahead of the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal. The FC panel have their say on who will win the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal. Chelsea have gone through 16 managerial changes in Arsene Wenger's 20-year tenure with Arsenal, here is a look at who came out on top Relive Arsenal and Chelsea's respective journeys to Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium. 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...

FA Cup final tale of the tape: Chelsea have the edge over Arsenal

May 26, 2017 12:56 AM PDT

The Exploding Heads try to touch on just about every storyline ahead of the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal. Relive Arsenal and Chelsea's respective journeys to Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium. The FC panel have their say on who will win the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal. ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey has his say as to whether or not Chelsea will seal the double against Arsenal. ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent Mattias Karen feels Wenger will remain with Arsenal despite how they fare in the final. 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. All...

Conte's Chelsea Double, Wenger's possible swan song in the FA Cup

May 26, 2017 12:55 AM PDT

The ESPN FC crew have all the latest ahead of the FA Cup final. The ESPN FC crew have all the latest ahead of the FA Cup final. The ESPN FC crew have all the latest ahead of the FA Cup final. The ESPN FC crew have all the latest ahead of the FA Cup final. The ESPN FC crew have all the latest ahead of the FA Cup final. The ESPN FC crew have all the latest ahead of the FA Cup final. 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....

Arsenal's defensive options for FA Cup final vs. Chelsea bleak without Mustafi

May 26, 2017 12:54 AM PDT

ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent Mattias Karen feels Wenger will remain with Arsenal despite how they fare in the final. The FC panel have their say on who will win the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal. Relive Arsenal and Chelsea's respective journeys to Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium. The Exploding Heads try to touch on just about every storyline ahead of the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal. Chelsea have gone through 16 managerial changes in Arsene Wenger's 20-year tenure with Arsenal, here is a look at who came out on top Suddenly, it looks like Arsenal's FA Cup hopes rest solely on Shkodran Mustafi. Because frankly, if Mustafi can't play in Saturday's final at Wembley, then none of the Gunners' defensive options look particularly good. Not that they were that great to begin with. With Laurent Koscielny suspended and Gabriel Paulista out injured, Arsenal are desperately hoping Mustafi will recover from concussion-like symptoms in time to play at Wembley. Otherwise they will be without their top three centre-backs...

Transfer Talk: Arsenal up their offer to keep Alexis Sanchez

May 25, 2017 05:00 PM PDT

Arsenal have reportedly offered Alexis Sanchez £270,000 a week to remain with the North London club. Arsenal are making a play to keep Alexis Sanchez at the club amid interest from Bayern Munich, and the Mail reports that the North London club have offered the Chile international £270,000 a week if he signs a new contract. For more on Alexis and Arsenal, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

'Misunderstood' ex-Arsenal star Emmanuel Frimpong rebuilding career

May 24, 2017 03:00 AM PDT

Gab Marcotti and Steve Nicol disagree on how Arsenal players would react if Stan Kroenke sells the club. Arsene Wenger stresses his loyalty to Arsenal and discusses the club's first Champions League exclusion in 20 years. Janusz Michallik looks at Arsenal's forgettable season, and their need for determined players to aim higher next season. Emmanuel Frimpong is rebuilding his career at Eskilstuna, his fourth club since leaving Arsenal in 2014. ESKILSTUNA, Sweden -- Emmanuel Frimpong was feeling the back of his leg as he walked out of the home changing room after AFC Eskilstuna's latest home match. A tweaked hamstring was the latest niggle in an injury-plagued few years for the former Arsenal midfielder. It's been a stop-start season in what has been a stop-start career so far for Frimpong. The 25-year-old's latest appearance came on Sunday as a 74th-minute substitute against Hacken. Wearing the No. 20 shirt with "Frimmy" on the back,...

Man City ready to splash £100m on Alexis Sanchez and Kyle Walker

May 23, 2017 04:30 PM PDT

Steve Nicol breaks down the latest rumours, including Man City's links with Kyle Walker and Alexis Sanchez. Following an up-and-down season under Pep Guardiola, the FC panel share their thoughts on Sergio Aguero's Man City future. Janusz Michallik looks at Arsenal's forgettable season, and their need for determined players to aim higher next season. The football world's gossip mill is in full swing, and Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here. Man City confident of landing Sanchez, Walker Manchester City are moving aggressively to avoid another season like the one that has just passed, with the Mirror claiming the club's owners probably will hand Pep Guardiola Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez and Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker. The report details how City...

Arsenal keeping an eye on the future with pursuit of striker Henry Onyekuru

May 23, 2017 06:40 AM PDT

Janusz Michallik looks at Arsenal's forgettable season, and their need for determined players to aim higher next season. Arsenal might have finally found the new Henry -- literally. The Gunners have opened talks with Belgian club KAS Eupen for 19-year-old striker Henry Onyekuru, sources have told ESPN FC -- possibly hoping the Nigerian teenager will follow in the footsteps of Thierry Henry at the Emirates. Onyekuru -- who wears "Henry" on the back of his shirt -- has emerged as one of the most exciting young prospects in Europe by becoming one of the leading scorers in Belgium with 24 goals and nine...

Arsenal can't afford to be snobs about Europa League football

May 23, 2017 06:38 AM PDT

The FC crew debate who has the most at stake in their respective finals, Manchester United or Arsenal? Arsenal will reflect on what was a strange Premier League campaign and rue a period of the season which cost them the top four finish -- their safety net for so many years. As sure as grass is green and water is wet, you could put your house on the Gunners finishing in the Champions League places. Some have pointed to the lack of preseason preparation, when they went into the opening weekend of 2016-17 short of central defenders and still in need of a striker, as the moment when the crucial points...

Transfer Rater: Bakayoko to Chelsea, Onyekuru to Arsenal

May 23, 2017 04:26 AM PDT

Paul Mariner talks how Jermain Defoe is still such a success in the Premier League and what he'll bring to Bournemouth should they end up signing him. The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea According to the Daily Telegraph, Chelsea are the likeliest next destination for Monaco midfielder Bakayoko. The 22-year-old recently...

Arsene Wenger's handling of Arsenal contract saga behind Gunners' slump

May 23, 2017 01:08 AM PDT

Gab Marcotti and Steve Nicol disagree on how Arsenal players would react if Stan Kroenke sells the club. Despite beating Everton, Arsenal will not be playing Champions League football next season for the first time in 20 years. Despite beating Everton, Arsenal will not be playing Champions League football next season for the first time in 20 years. Arsene Wenger stresses his loyalty to Arsenal and discusses the club's first Champions League exclusion in 20 years. Janusz Michallik looks at Arsenal's forgettable season, and their need for determined players to aim higher next season. Janusz Michallik looks at Arsenal's forgettable season, and their need for determined players to aim higher next season. Janusz Michallik and Alexis Nunes take a long look at how the Premier League top 6 shaped out this season. When Arsene Wenger finally admitted that the season-long saga surrounding his future had damaged the team's Premier League campaign, he didn't mince words. The uncertainty had created an environment for the players that was "absolutely horrendous," Wenger said after the Gunners missed out on a top-four spot for the first time in 21 years under his management. So there's no point in mincing words when it comes to summing up how Wenger and Arsenal have handled this situation: it's been absolutely...

Is battle between Alisher Usmanov and Stan Kroenke to blame at Arsenal?

May 22, 2017 08:42 AM PDT

Gab Marcotti and Steve Nicol disagree on how Arsenal players would react if Stan Kroenke sells the club. And so the streak is broken. Despite beating Everton 3-1, Arsenal missed out on a place in the Champions League for the first time in 20 years. "Overall I believe that we played since January in a very difficult environment for different reasons," Arsene Wenger said. "Some obviously that you know about and that [are] very difficult for the group of players to cope with. Some other reasons we will talk about another day, but the psychological environment for the group of players was absolutely horrendous." His...

Arsene Wenger's worst season ever as Arsenal embarrass themselves

May 22, 2017 02:00 AM PDT

Arsene Wenger stresses his loyalty to Arsenal and discusses the club's first Champions League exclusion in 20 years. This will not be pretty. Those of you of a squeamish disposition might wish to avert your eyes. Yes, it's time to review Arsenal's season -- the worst, barring an unlikely FA Cup final win over Chelsea, of Arsene Wenger's two decades in charge. Everything that follows is with the proviso that victory at Wembley could offer some form of redemption, but there is a lot to redeem ... Rating out of 10: 2 Highlight With a bit of luck, that will come Saturday at Wembley. The FA Cup semifinal win over Manchester...

Chelsea, Spurs fly high; Klopp ousts Arsenal, United; Allardyce redemption

May 22, 2017 12:39 AM PDT

Janusz Michallik and Alexis Nunes take a long look at how the Premier League top 6 shaped out this season. With the Premier League season behind us, take a look at the latest predictions of how the top 4 will shape up next season. And just like that, the 2016-17 Premier League came to an end. It has been a campaign of highs and lows, as Iain Macintosh points out. Heroes Eighteen months ago, Chelsea were sliding toward the relegation zone, with Jose Mourinho apparently as welcome in the dressing room as an outbreak of trench foot. After five months of drift under Guus Hiddink, Antonio Conte was charged with fixing them. And it has to be said, he has done a pretty decent job. That dressing room has bitten many a manager in...

Bayern Munich ready to offer Alexis Sanchez Champions League football

May 21, 2017 05:17 PM PDT

Steve Nicol evaluates Alexis Sanchez's comments about being frustrated and what that could mean for his future with Arsenal. Arsene Wenger praises the work of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, and plays down speculation about their futures. The football world's gossip mill is in full swing, and Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here. Bayern ready to step up Sanchez pursuit? Arsenal's failure to finish in the Premier League's top four for the first time in 20 years has led to renewed speculation about what the future might hold for Alexis Sanchez. Sanchez has been linked with Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, but reports last month suggested...

Fake Twitter account 'welcomes' Arsenal into the Europa League

May 21, 2017 10:28 AM PDT

Not a great day to be an Arsenal fan ... Welcome @Arsenal �� See you next season! #UEL pic.twitter.com/xqMezEzJlO - UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeaguue) May 21, 2017 Despite a comprehensive victory in their final Premier League game of the season, results elsewhere ensured that Arsenal missed out on Champions League qualification for the first time in 20 years. As if it couldn't get any worse, insult was swiftly added to injury when scores of fans were duped by a fake Twitter account...

Too little, too late, Arsenal beat Everton but still miss out on top four

May 21, 2017 09:22 AM PDT

Despite beating Everton, Arsenal will not be playing Champions League football next season for the first time in 20 years. Despite beating Everton, Arsenal will not be playing Champions League football next season for the first time in 20 years. Janusz Michallik looks at Arsenal's forgettable season, and their need for determined players to aim higher next season. Janusz Michallik looks at Arsenal's forgettable season, and their need for determined players to aim higher next season. Arsene Wenger stresses his loyalty to Arsenal and discusses the club's first Champions League exclusion in 20 years. LONDON --  Three thoughts from Arsenal's 3-1 win over Everton from the Emirates on the final day of the Premier League season. 1. Victory not enough Even if Arsene Wenger stays on, as now appears likely, next season will be one of great change at Arsenal. For the first time since 1998, they will not be in the Champions League. Liverpool holding their nerve against Middlesbrough made victory here for Arsenal academic. They gave it a go, rolled with the punches, but were powerless to prevent...


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