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Keeping the focus

Posted on May 22, 2019 by Harry Kettle

It’s been a little while since Arsenal’s domestic season came to an end, and what a run it was. From 22 games unbeaten (including Europe) to some god awful losses and everything inbetween, Arsenal fans certainly went through a rollercoaster ride of emotions. As we all know, though, there’s still one more game left before the chapter that is the 2018/19 season can be closed forever – and we can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.

Curiosity kills

Of course, there’s a common and pretty substantial problem that comes with having to wait so long for the final game of the season: and that’s the preparation. The two week break is something that the Gunners have had to endure, but so have Chelsea. We’re already half way through, and the curiosity lies in who is going to deal with this time off better.

Both sides could arrive to Baku feeling fitter and better than they ever have done before, but we’re almost certain the query of who wins will indeed come down to who had the better prep time. That can take on a variety of different meanings as we all know, but if we’re talking broadly, we think it all comes down to fitness.

If you overtrain in the form of these friendly matches, then you could gather up injuries, which is exactly what happened to the Blues with Loftus-Cheek. However, if you don’t prepare well enough, then there could be a few key fatigue issues. That sounds odd given that fatigue problems usually come from playing too many games as opposed to not playing enough, but it’s a very real problem and it could come back to haunt either team in the final.

Who will get it done?

If both teams play to their full potential then we’re going to be in for one hell of a game either way, but Arsenal supporters don’t care about that.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a spectacle, because it isn’t going to mean a damn thing if Chelsea are the ones getting their hands raised with the trophy at the end of the night. Unai Emery knows how important this game is and knows what the stakes are, so we’re choosing to believe that he’s got a solid game plan regarding how he’s going to approach this game. If he doesn’t, then all we can do is hope.

Will Arsenal’s preparation be better than Chelsea’s prior to the final?

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