With the FA Cup up for grabs on Saturday evening, London bragging rights will also be on the line this weekend when Arsenal and Chelsea face off at an empty Wembley.
Ending their Premier League campaign with a 2-0 win against Wolves at Stamford Bridge, the Blues managed to secure an automatic route back to next year’s Champions League and find themselves enjoying quite the free-scoring run.
On the flip side, while Arsenal might have just about managed to hold onto a dramatic 3-2 win against Watford last weekend, a result that sent the Hornets back down to the Championship, the Gunners could not manage to clinch a top-six finish.
In fact, landing their worst overall points tally since 1994, they could only secure an eighth-place finish and now know that the FA Cup is the only route for them to bring European football back to North London.
However, while the two sides may have played out an eye-catching 2-2 draw when they faced off earlier in the season, the Gunners do hold what is a worrying record against Saturday’s opponents.
Collecting just a single point over their last three matchups against Chelsea, you might be interested to know that a Blues victory at Wembley this weekend can be found priced at 11/10 with Coral.
Giroud does it again
Putting in what was a professional display against Wolves in West London last weekend and picking up a 2-0 win, Chelsea managed to secure themselves another top-four finish.
Enjoying what has been overall an eye-catching first year under Frank Lampard, there is no doubt that the former England midfielder will be hugely excited by Olivier Giroud’s stunning end to the 2019/2020 campaign.
Playing himself ahead of Tammy Abraham in Lampard’s attacking pecking order, the former Arsenal striker once again found the net against Wolves on home soil last time out and has secured his most fruitful campaign at Stamford Bridge.
In fact, along with finding the net at Wembley a fortnight ago and helping Chelsea pick up a thumping 3-1 win against another Champions League outfit in Manchester United, Giroud has now scored in his last four appearances on the bounce.
Continuing to shine since the restart and shortlisted for July’s Player of the Month award, the World Cup-winner has now landed seven post-lockdown goals and will undoubtedly lead the line this weekend.
You might be interested to know that Giroud is currently priced at 7/4 with William Hill to sign of his domestic campaign with another strike in Saturday’s FA Cup Final.
Arsenal reliant on Aubameyang
Just about managing to hold onto a dramatic 3-2 lead against Watford in their Premier League finale last weekend, Arsenal know that lifting the FA Cup on Saturday is their only chance of securing another campaign of European football.
Managing to only scrape an eighth-place finish this year, their worst top-flight finish since 1994, there is no doubt that new boss Mikel Arteta will be almost solely reliant on attacking talisman, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
While the Gabon marksman might have been disappointed to have seen Leicester’s Jamie Vardy lift the Golden Boot this summer, the 31-year-old has enjoyed another standout campaign in North London.
While his future with the Gunners might still be hanging in the balance, Aubameyang did bag a brace against Watford last weekend and should still be boosted by a stunning display in the semi-final of this year’s tournament.
Scoring both goals at Wembley and guiding Arsenal to a shock 2-0 win against Manchester City, the former Borussia Dortmund striker has now recorded seven post-lockdown strikes.
Expected to lead his side out this weekend, you might be interested to know that Aubameyang is currently priced at 5/4 with Bet365 to bag a goal in what could be his final appearance for Arteta’s side.