Fabregas delivers warning to Arsenal ahead of FA Cup final
By Aramide Oladipo
Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas has admitted that it won’t be easy to face his former side in the FA Cup final but reveals that he is determined to complete the double with Chelsea.
The 30-year-old will be looking for his second FA Cup medal after winning the trophy playing for the Gunners –beating Manchester United on penalties in the 2005 final.
Arsenal will face Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 27 in a repeat of the 2002 FA Cup final.
The Blues have already been crowned Premier League champions following their 1-0 win against West Brom at the Hawthorns on Friday night.
Antonio Conte is looking to replicate the feat of fellow Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti who completed Chelsea’a first ever double in his first season in charge during the 2009/10 season.
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Speaking with the Evening Standard, Fabregas states that the final will be a difficult occasion for him but he admits that he’ll have to put his emotions to one side.
“It will be emotional. It’s not as if I like to play against Arsenal because they are a club which is in my heart and they always will be,” he said.
“But this is football and this is what we have to do, it can happen and hopefully we can win the double. That would be a fantastic season for Chelsea and for us.”
Fabregas has already dealt his former side a blow this season as he scored a beautiful goal in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in February.
The Chelsea midfielder revealed that he has been keeping an eye on his former club and he believes that the tactical switch has benefitted the club.
“It will be a tough game. I watch Arsenal, they are playing well, they are playing a different system and maybe they are not performing fantastic in this system.
He concluded: “But they are defensively better. They are winning and that’s important for them. Their belief is higher. But our belief is high, hopefully, we can hurt them in the way we want.”
The Spaniard spent eight years with the North London club before moving to Spain in 2011 to play for his childhood club Barcelona.
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