Chelsea vs Arsenal

Chelsea vs Arsenal: There is an element of truth in any effective humor. The 2018-19 FA Cup gave birth to the wonderful “Don’t Mug Off The Cup” ad campaign, modeled loosely after Vaudeville cinema like Mr. Payback. An art exhibitor jokes that connoisseurs are not missing real English football on TV, “just the FA Cup,” followed by an impish mascot in an FA Cup suit – the “Mugged-Off Cup” – sending a priceless vase (“vahze”) to its powdery doom. Another character waxes his hot rod (pun intended) while sneering to a friend, “The FA Cup interferes with the momentum of our league.” The Mugged-Off Cup shows up to pour grease on the car.

Match information
Date: Saturday, Aug. 1
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Location: Wembley Stadium — London, England
TV: None
Live stream: ESPN+
Odds: Arsenal +210; Draw +240; Chelsea +129 (via William Hill Sportsbook)

The FA Cup final will always be the crown jewel of English football, with the traditional season-closing game serving that purpose once again, albeit a little later than planned.

Of course, May has come and gone, we’re deep into July, and the Premier League has only just drawn to a close. These aren’t normal times to be a football fan.

Against all the odds, football returned under lockdown restrictions the FA Cup quarter-finals and semi-finals went ahead behind closed doors.

Arsenal produced an unlikely defensive masterclass to topple Manchester City in the first semi-final, securing their place in the showpiece game at Wembley.

Chelsea triumphed over Manchester United in the second tie following a slew of errors from under-siege keeper David de Gea.

That means the nation has an all-London final to look forward to at the Home of Football, with the FA Cup final transcending sport and bringing the nation together over the beautiful game.

TEAM NEWS:

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin missed the win over Watford as a precaution with a tight calf but has been back in training this week.

Cedric Soares is cup-tied, while Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari, Shkodran Mustafi and Gabriel Martinelli remain out.

Influential Chelsea pair N’Golo Kante and Willian are both in the squad after injuries.

However, Ruben Loftus-Cheek sustained a minor injury in training on Thursday and has been ruled out.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *