FA Cup final kick-off time confirmed for Arsenal vs Chelsea clash at Wembley

This season's FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea will kick-off on Saturday August 1 at 5.30pm.

The London rivals will face off in the showpiece at Wembley six days after the Premier League season reaches its conclusion.

BT Sport and BBC One will broadcast the match, which will be played behind closed doors due to the current coronavirus guidelines.

It's no doubt a mouthwatering encounter which both teams will want to win.

But there is now added pressure on Arsenal, who were beaten by Aston Villa on Tuesday night to leave next season's European hopes hanging by a thread.

The result left Mikel Arteta's side needing to win the FA Cup against Chelsea next month to qualify for the Europa League.

Arsenal will finish outside the top six for the first time in 25 years but know they have every chance of overcoming the Blues, having beaten holders Manchester City in the semi-final.

For Chelsea, manager Frank Lampard has made it clear that he wants his side to finish the season with silverware.

The west Londoners took advantage of two David de Gea howlers to beat Manchester United 3-1 in their last-four showdown over the weekend.

Asked if a third-place Premier League finish and an FA Cup victory would represent a very good first season at the Stamford Bridge helm, Lampard said: "I hope so because we want to win things, and at the start of the season we wanted to be up there challenging for the top four.

"A lot of people were tipping against us, but quietly I was always hoping.

"I don't want to put everything on these three games defining everything we've done and the progress we've made, but of course we want top four, we want trophies and we're at the business end, so let's see."

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