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Chelsea and Arsenal meet this Saturday evening in the FA Cup final at what will be an eerily empty Wembley.

But while the supporters must stay away, it promises to be an entertaining contest with both Frank Lampard and Mikel Arteta desperate to win their first trophy in management.

This will be the fifth time the two clubs have met in a cup final this century and the third time in the FA Cup final.

We take a look back at the previous four encounters here.

Arsenal take on Chelsea in this season's FA Cup final at an empty Wembley on Saturday night

Arsenal take on Chelsea in this season's FA Cup final at an empty Wembley on Saturday night

The Blues are looking for a first title under Frank Lampard and come up against an old enemy

The Blues are looking for a first title under Frank Lampard and come up against an old enemy

FA CUP FINAL 2002 - ARSENAL 2 CHELSEA 0

This was the season that Arsene Wenger's second great team at Highbury emerged from the shadow of to achieve their own domestic dominance.

By the time of this final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, Arsenal hadn't lost domestically since December 18, building up ahead of steam that would see them win a second Double in five seasons.

This was actually the first leg of that success, the Cup final taking place on the strangely early date of May 4. Four days later, Wenger's side won 1-0 at Old Trafford to clinch the Premier League crown as well.

It was a classy Arsenal team - not quite as good as the Invincibles vintage that would come two years later, but nonetheless boasting Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Sol Campbell and Dennis Bergkamp.

Ray Parlour broke the deadlock in the 2002 FA Cup final for Arsenal with a sublime finish

Ray Parlour broke the deadlock in the 2002 FA Cup final for Arsenal with a sublime finish

Freddie Ljungberg (R) scored the second goal seven minutes later to hand Arsenal the trophy

Freddie Ljungberg (R) scored the second goal seven minutes later to hand Arsenal the trophy

But for all those stand-out names, it was the unlikely figure of Ray Parlour who broke the deadlock in this final after 70 minutes of underwhelming stuff from both sides.

It was a dazzling goal from a workhorse of a player. Collecting the ball just inside the Chelsea half, the Soccer AM presenter and Chelsea fan, Tim Lovejoy, commentating on Sky's Fanzone coverage, famously said: 'It's all right, it's only Ray Parlour'.

Indeed, surrounded by blue shirts, the odds were stacked against him. With nobody to pass to, Parlour decided to shoot instead, curling a into the top corner. 'I don't score many like that,' Parlour admitted.

Freddie Ljungberg made sure it was Arsenal's day seven minutes later, capping a mazy dribble with a similar curled finish that looked like it was going well wide until the last moment.

Chelsea were bought by Roman Abramovich the following summer, massively altering the club

Chelsea were bought by Roman Abramovich the following summer, massively altering the club

By the time of this final in Cardiff, the Gunners hadn't lost domestically since December 18

By the time of this final in Cardiff, the Gunners hadn't lost domestically since December 18

Arsenal couldn't exactly celebrate too hard afterwards with thoughts immediately turning to their game at Old Trafford.

Indeed, Wenger admonished Parlour for trying to sneak a drink on the flight back from Cardiff to London, threatening the 'Romford Pele' with a £30,000 fine and even following him down the aisle to the back of the plane.

Years later, Parlour admitted he drank 10 pints of Guinness with his brothers later that night when out of Wenger's stern gaze and struggled somewhat in training the next day.

Fortunately he put in a man of the match performance in the win at Old Trafford and got away with it.

Arsenal: Seaman; Lauren, Campbell, Adams (c), Cole; Wiltord (Keown), Parlour, Vieira, Ljungberg; Bergkamp (Edu), Henry (Kanu)

Manager: Arsene Wenger

Scorers: Parlour 70; Ljungberg 80

Chelsea: Cudicini; Melchiot (Zenden), Gallas, Desailly (c), Babayaro (Terry); Gronkjaer, Lampard, Petit, Le Saux; Gudjohnsen, Hasselbaink (Zola)

Manager: Claudio Ranieri

LEAGUE CUP FINAL 2007 - CHELSEA 2 ARSENAL 1

In 2002, Chelsea could be described as a cosmopolitan and frequently entertaining team who prospered mainly in the cup competitions but wouldn't be described as a powerhouse.

By 2007, enriched by Roman Abramovich's roubles, they were a very different proposition. Back-to-back league champions under Jose Mourinho, they'd assembled a powerful team.

Just look at the midfield they put out in this Cardiff final - Claude Makelele in the holding role with Frank Lampard, Michael Ballack and Michael Essien ahead of him. Oh, and Arjen Robben came off the bench.

Contrast that with a distinctly youthful Arsenal team with an average age of less than 21 years - the youngest to play in a major English cup final.

By 2007, Chelsea were a very different proposition and had assembled a dominant squad

By 2007, Chelsea were a very different proposition and had assembled a dominant squad

Didier Drogba thundered in a header from Arjen Robben's cross with six minutes left to play

Didier Drogba thundered in a header from Arjen Robben's cross with six minutes left to play

Arsenal had been the pre-eminent team in England before Chelsea came along and snatched their crown and it's almost as if all their pent-up frustrations spilled out in the mass brawl that rounded off a cracking final.

The sight of Mourinho and Wenger storming onto the field to act as peace-makers after a tussle between Kolo Toure and John Obi Mikel over shirt-pulling escalated in the blink of an eye with Lampard and Emmanuel Adebayor wading in.

Referee Howard Webb flashed red cards at Mikel, Toure and Adebayor, where Lampard, quickly dragged away by Cesc Fabregas, got away with a yellow.

What followed was a classic Mourinho soundbite: 'It's a pity that happened. I do understand it's emotional and I understand how the players are feeling. Arsenal were losing the final so I think their emotions took over.' 

They weren't early on. Arsenal's kids started the better and Theo Walcott waltzed through to score after 12 minutes. But a composed Didier Drogba finish soon had Chelsea level. 

There was a brawl during the game, with Blues boss Frank Lampard taking on Cesc Fabregas

There was a brawl during the game, with Blues boss Frank Lampard taking on Cesc Fabregas

John Terry was knocked out when Abou Diaby kicked him in the face while clearing the ball

John Terry was knocked out when Abou Diaby kicked him in the face while clearing the ball

Another memorable moment came early in the second-half when John Terry was knocked out cold when Abou Diaby kicked him in the face while attempting to clear the ball.

Lampard revealed that Terry, despite only waking up in the ambulance, recovered sufficiently to make it to Chelsea's post-match celebrations.

They were celebrating thanks to Drogba, their reliable cup final scorer, who thundered in a header from Arjen Robben's cross

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