Paul Merson states prediction for Arsenal v Chelsea in FA Cup final

The former Arsenal midfielder believes Chelsea will beat Arsene Wenger's side even if the Gunners produce their best football

Arsenal legend Paul Merson Photo: Screen grab

Paul Merson is backing Chelsea to beat Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

The Gunners have endured a difficult 2016-17 campaign under Arsene Wenger amid uncertainty surrounding the manager’s long-term future at the north London club.

Arsenal crashed out of the Champions League following a 10-2 aggregate loss to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in the last 16 of Europe’s premier club competition.

Wenger’s side lost to Chelsea, Liverpool, Watford and West Bromwich Albion in February and March to leave their title ambitions in tatters.

The Blues are looking to complete the Premier League and FA Cup double in Antonio Conte’s first season in charge of the west London club.

Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ about Arsenal’s chances of beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley, former Gunners midfielder Merson said:

“Let’s be honest, if Arsenal play their best football on cup final day and Chelsea play theirs, Chelsea win.”

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Arsenal have won the FA Cup two times in the past three seasons thanks to victories over Aston Villa and Hull City.

The Gunners haven’t missed out on a top-four finish since Arsene Wenger took over the reins in 1996.

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