sport news Martin Keown on where the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea will be won ...

Arsenal and Chelsea meet in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday night.

Sportsmail columnist Martin is expecting a close encounter and explains where the match will be won and lost. 

Stop the press

Arsenal opened the scoring in their semi-final by beating Manchester City’s press and going from back to front.

The move consisted of 18 passes and involved 10 players before converted Nicolas Pepe’s cross. It was a great team goal — but a word of caution. 

No Premier League team played a higher percentage of passes in their own half than Arsenal and that can be dangerous.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang capped off a stunning team goal in the semi-final against City

capped off a stunning team goal in the semi-final against City

Chelsea were brilliant at winning the ball high up the pitch against Manchester United

Chelsea were brilliant at winning the ball high up the pitch against

Liverpool like to win the ball back high up the pitch, then attack and Chelsea did that exceptionally well against in their semi-final. 

Frank Lampard will want a repeat against Arsenal. Mikel Arteta’s players have to make good decisions when they have the ball — better than they’ve been making in the Premier League. 

Only Norwich suffered more turnovers close to their own goal than Arsenal. That’s largely why my former club faced the fifth-highest number of shots in the league. But that opening goal against City can give them confidence.

Auba and out?

Dare I say today might be the last we see of in an Arsenal shirt? I hope not but it is possible. 

The 31-year-old inside forward, who has yet to agree a contract extension, will take up his usual position on the left. 

I have compared to Thierry Henry and that’s the biggest compliment I can give him — he’s the closest thing I’ve seen to my old team-mate. But what Henry also did was win us trophies.

He was so driven and completely consumed by Arsenal that he dragged us to success. That’s what should want to do today. 

He is entirely capable of it. He is a great goalscorer but has been a runner-up in the League Cup and Europa League with Arsenal and won’t want to make it a hat-trick.

Aubameyang reminds me of Thierry Henry but can he win trophies for Arsenal like he did?

reminds me of Thierry Henry but can he win trophies for Arsenal like he did?

Keep Giroud grounded

Today will see Olivier Giroud against David Luiz — the former Arsenal striker against the former Chelsea defender. Giroud got the better of Victor Lindelof in the semi-final by getting in front of the United man to score from Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross. 

Arsenal cannot allow that to happen today. Only City and

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