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Chelsea fans fuming with Frank Lampard decision for FA Cup final vs Arsenal

Chelsea fans have questioned Frank Lampard’s decision to bench N’Golo Kante for the FA Cup final against Arsenal. The France international didn’t make Lampard’s starting XI for the Wembley clash.

Kante has struggled with injuries this season, with the midfielder making 27 appearances across all competitions.

His most recent problem was a hamstring injury suffered last month.

Kante has missed six consecutive matches with the injury but Lampard hinted the Frenchman would be fit to face Arsenal at Wembley.

However, Kante was benched for the FA Cup final – much the frustration of Blues fans.

One wrote on Twitter: “Where’s Kante?”

Another asked: no kante???”

One fan simply put: “Kante [crying emoji]”

“Wish Kante was starting,” another Chelsea fan agreed.

“J5 instead of kante wtf lampard,” one Blues fan fumed.

Chelsea face Arsenal at Wembley, with the Gunners in fine form under Mikel Arteta in recent weeks.

While the Blues have also played well recently, Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson is tipping Arsenal to beat their London rivals.

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“Unlike, say, last year’s final between Manchester City and Watford, this game is very hard to call,” he told BBC Sport.

“For starters, it is going to be a very different sort of occasion.

“We know now that football behind closed doors is strange, but this is going to be the strangest game yet.

“It’s an FA Cup final, and a derby game too, but it doesn’t really feel like that.

“Fans are an intrinsic part of football regardless, but that is even more the case for the moments when you win things. Without them at Wembley, it just won’t be the same.

“I am still expecting a good game, though, and it is Arsenal who I think will edge it.

“I’ve been quite critical of them, and how fragile they have been defensively, but apparently Arteta does a lot of work on their shape in training, and it is definitely having an effect.

“Arteta has not just bought a kind of feel-good factor back to the club since taking charge in December, he has shored them up.

“To win on Saturday, they will need to show more of the resilience they had when they beat City and Liverpool in the space of a week.

“But they are always going to score goals with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in their team.

“That’s not to say Chelsea are not dangerous too.

“I just feel like Arsenal have got more momentum and confidence at the moment, but otherwise it is difficult to split the two sides. 1-0 Arsenal.”

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