#FACupfinal: Arteta, Lampard go for first trophy as Arsenal, Chelsea clash



Arteta shakes Lampard

Arsenal and will contest Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley – led out by two of the new generation of managers.

Gunners’ boss Mikel Arteta, who will be 38 years 128 days on the day of the final, and counterpart Frank Lampard, at 42 years 42 days, are the two youngest bosses.

And both have major trophy in their sights at the end of the first at their respective clubs, in the surreal surroundings of the first behind-closed-doors FA Cup final.

Impressive game and intelligence has already characterised both men.

Both have shown the tactical flexibility and swift learning to even outmanoeuvre their mentors and two managerial masters this .

Arteta learned from  heavy 3-0 at  to turn the tables on Pep Guardiola, the manager he left behind to take over at Arsenal in December, to reach Saturday’s showpiece with an outstanding 2-0 win at Wembley.

Arsenal’s two landmark performances under Arteta have been victories inside four days against champions and then the FA Cup semi-final triumph.

They were wins based on qualities Arsenal’s critics have always accused them of lacking – grit, and fearless they-shall-not pass defensive resilience. They were fully committed for their manager.

Arsenal had 31% possession against and 35% against .

are regarded as the benchmark for work-rate and immense physical commitment and yet Arteta’s side out-ran them 112.1km to 108.1km.

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