Heading into the FA Cup final, Arsenal have been the dominant attacking force in the rounds leading up to Sunday’s fixture. They have scored 27 goals in the four rounds prior, eight more than the next best team. These have come from a 10-0 vs Gillingham, 9-0 vs Crystal Palace, 5-1 vs North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and a 3-0 win over Brighton in the semi-final. Arsenal managed to average 6.75 goals per game in those four rounds combined!
Too close to home comfort?
Arsenal have been fortunate to be drawn four home matches leading up to the final, one of the only clubs to do so. Home draws are certainly an advantage, particularly in cup competitions and it’s paid dividend for Arsenal ahead of Sunday. But Sunday’s fixture is at Wembley, not Meadow Park. Can Arsenal adapt well to playing in-front of an equal crowd and neutral ground.
There is expected to be a record crowd for Sunday’s game between Arsenal and Chelsea with over 45,000 tickets been issued so far. The current record stands at 45,423 when it was the same two teams – Arsenal and Chelsea – who played out the 2018 final, which the Blues won 3-1. Arsenal will want to put that straight.
Record Winners Arsenal aiming for 15th title
It’s no surprise, given the club’s successful history with their women’s team, that the Gunners have won an incredible 14 FA Cup titles in their history. If they with the trophy for the 15th time this weekend, it will see them seven clear of the next closest team (Southampton Women – 8 titles).
Goals, goals and goals is what Vivianne Miedema has been known for. She’s become the WSL’s all-time leading scorer with 66 goals in 75 games and in September she reached another milestone, her 100th Arsenal goal, taking just 110 games to do so. On Monday, she reached fourth place in the women’s Ballon D’Or, and come Sunday evening she’ll hope to top a brilliant week off with an FA cup and I’m sure a few goals too!