FA Cup Final 2020 Live: The match begins at 5.30 pm local time (10 pm IST) and will be shown live on Sony TEN 2 and Sony TEN 3 channels for the Indian audience, with live streaming available on Sony LIV. The last time the two clubs met in a knockout fixture was at the 2019 Europa League final in Baku where Arsenal was thrashed 4-1 by Chelsea with the two sides being managed by Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri respectively.
However, present Gunners coach Mikel Arteta, who took over from Emery in December, was confident the Europa result will have no bearing on Saturday’s outcome. “A year in football is a different life,” Arteta told a virtual press conference. “Even two weeks or three days later you can see a team performing one way then they can be a different team so there aren’t many things to take from that.” The Spaniard acknowledged the gap in class between the two sides as Frank Lampard’s Chelsea finished 10 points ahead of the Gunners in the Premier League.
However, Arteta insisted Arsenal would not be overawed by the occasion as they chase a record-extending triumph. “I always say that the league table doesn’t lie too much. You can look at some decisions, even in the games that we played together, where we could have the gap a little bit smaller,” he said.
“He still has a contract here. We wanted to keep him and do it in a more long-term way, but at the moment he’s with us. Winning the trophy helps to believe. If you wear the armband and lift that cup, that’ll help.” Meanwhile, Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette has urged his team-mates to save their season by winning the FA Cup. “We know in the league we finished in a bad position, we lost against Olympiacos early in the Europa League, so we missed a few of our targets. That’s why I say it would save our season,” he said.
On the other hand, Arteta’s opposite number Lampard is obsessed with succeeding at Chelsea as he tries to make sure the Blues do not go trophyless for the first time in four seasons. Lampard is aiming to win his first medal as a head coach in a competition he won four times as a Blues player.
Both sides will be turning out in next season’s gear, which means that one shirt will be synonymous with failure before the campaign has even started. I’m no marketing expert, the world has long passed me by, and furthermore am simple folk, but that can’t be ideal, surely? Anyway, greater minds than mine have done the maths, so here’s Arsenal’s bespoke effort for today’s big game …
The FA Cup final will always be the crown jewel of English football, with the traditional season-closing game serving that purpose once again, albeit a little later than planned.
Of course, May has come and gone, we’re deep into July, and the Premier League has only just drawn to a close. These aren’t normal times to be a football fan.
Against all the odds, football returned under lockdown restrictions the FA Cup quarter-finals and semi-finals went ahead behind closed doors. Arsenal produced an unlikely defensive masterclass to topple Manchester City in the first semi-final, securing their place in the showpiece game at Wembley. Chelsea triumphed over Manchester United in the second tie following a slew of errors from under-siege keeper David de Gea. That means the nation has an all-London final to look forward to at the Home of Football, with the FA Cup final transcending sport and bringing the nation together over the beautiful game.
has rounded up everything you need to know about how to watch the FA Cup final on TV and online.
What time is the FA Cup final?
The FA Cup final will kick off at 5:30 pm on Saturday 1st August 2020.
Last season’s final got underway at 5 pm, with the big game now accustomed to later start time.
Where is the FA Cup final?
The FA Cup final will take place at Wembley, London behind closed doors in front of a minimal crowd made up of teams and officials.
It won’t be the same as a 90,000-strong packed-out Wembley, but you can expect the FA to still put on a spectacle for the millions tuning in at home.