Olivier Giroud is being backed to make history on Saturday night.
Only one player in the 148 year history of the FA Cup has scored for and against the same side in a Cup final.
But at Wembley this weekend Chelsea hit-man Giroud will get the chance to join Frank Stapleton – who scored against Manchester United for Arsenal in 1979 and then for United against Brighton four years later – when he leads the Chelsea forward line against Arsenal.
Giroud scored the final goal of Arsenal’s 4-0 rout of Aston Villa in 2015 and goes into Saturday’s final in a rich vein of form – having scored in each of his last four outings, including the semi-final against Manchester United.
Giroud is a 6/4 anytime scorer with thepools.com, but is 17/4 to open the scoring – just as he did on his last visit to Wembley to face United.
Chelsea are strong favourites to win the Cup at 8/13, having finished the Premier League season 10 points clear of The Gunners and having beaten Arsenal at The Emirates in December.
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But don’t discount the 5/4 on offer for Mikel Arteta’s men.
They have beaten Manchester City and Liverpool in the last fortnight and drew 2-2 with Frank Lampard’s men in January despite playing with 10-men for more than an hour.
The other time the two sides met this season ended 2-1, indeed, both teams have found the back of the net in five of their last six encounters and both teams to score ‘Yes’ has to be likely at 8/11.
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More Arsenal matches have gone over 10.5 corners than any other side this season, 58 per cent of their matches overall.
And if you fancy a fast goal, Arsenal and Chelsea are third and fourth respectively in the PL table for goals before the 27th minute with only City and Tottenham scoring faster goals more consistently.
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