Arsenal are deep in preparation for a game which could well decide the future of the club. Manager Arsene Wenger has, time and again, claimed that results will not have an impact on his decision as to whether or not it is time to leave the club behind or put pen-to-paper on a new deal.
However, it is hard to imagine a scenario in which an FA Cup final against London rivals Chelsea, after the season the Gunners have had, would not play a part in that decision.
With their recent run in the Premier League not enough to secure Champions League football on the final day of the season, those at The Emirates will at least be hoping they can carry it into one last game at Wembley Stadium for the season.
There is good news for those in north London as well as, according to injury specialist Ben Dinnery, star man Alexis Sanchez has been cleared to play under the arch and England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has come into his own as a wing-back in Wenger’s new system, is back in full training ahead of the final.
The news will not go down well at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea will have been hoping they wouldn’t have had to deal with the pair on the day.
Wenger will be desperate to continue his fine record in the competition, knowing that a win will once again put Arsenal ahead of Manchester United as the most successful FA Cup side ever.