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

Arsenal, Nicolas Pepe (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Arsenal, Dani Ceballos
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4. Dani Ceballos

I switched Dani Ceballos and Granit Xhaka at the last second because I know what Granit Xhaka is going to do. He’s going to do his job, he’s going to introduce some kind of solidity to the equation. Which we desperately need.

Dani Ceballos has been great lately, but much like with Emi Martinez, I know what it looks like when Ceballos isn’t great, or when he’s ordinary, and I also know what it’s like when he’s extraordinary.

It’s game-changing. And against Chelsea in the FA Cup Final, anything “game-changing” is pretty important.

If Ceballos is at his best, if he’s secure with possession and pushing play forward in Arsenal’s favor, we are in good shape to capitalize on those attacking moves and create some goal-scoring chances. We need that from him.

Speaking of needs, on to No. 3.