Arsenal vs Chelsea: 5 key players in crucial FA Cup Final

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Arsenal, Nicolas Pepe

Arsenal, Nicolas Pepe (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Arsenal’s season will come to an official end with the FA Cup Final. Here are five key players to ensure our victory.

Arsenal‘s season is not nearly as disappointing as what some fans are cracking it up to be. 8th place and a spot in the FA Cup Final despite fighting through three managers and Mikel Arteta using the scraps left behind is no small feat.

And this season can obviously take one hell of a bump up if we can secure the FA Cup with Arteta only having half a season to put all the pieces together.

This all starts with sending the right guys out there, and those right guys doing their part. Arteta can only do so much. As long as he sends his best guys out there with tactics that can be achieved, he’s done his part.

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So let’s talk about the key guys in this one, because there are a lot of different players who could step up to make this match so much easier.

Let’s start the talk with key player No. 5.

5. Emiliano Martinez

Emiliano Martinez saw himself off most previous five key players lists simply because we knew he was going to do his job every single time. He’s become such a positive presence in goal in the wake of us losing Bernd Leno, who was our shoo-in for player of the season.

We really haven’t even felt Leno’s absences, which speaks volumes to the quality of Martinez.

That said, stepping up in a key match like this when we know he is going to be tested, is another matter entirely. Although, in an ideal world, there would be no difference between a traditional Premier League match and the FA Cup Final, but this might be a situation where I need to see it to believe it.

Thankfully, I have every bit of faith in the world that Martinez can do the job, I’ll just feel a heck of a lot better when I actually see it happen. He is going to be tested in this one, so we just need him to be his usual dominant self.

On to No. 4.

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