Frank Lampard provides updates on Kante, Willian, RLC & goalkeeping situation ahead of Arsenal

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard this afternoon provided an update on his squad, ahead of the fast-approaching FA Cup final.

Arsenal vs Chelsea

Saturday evening is set to see two of the Premier League’s biggest clubs face off, for the final piece of silverware of the English calendar.

After booking their spots in the tournament’s showpiece courtesy of impressive wins over top-4 rivals two weeks ago, Arsenal and Chelsea will battle it out for FA Cup glory at Wembley in a little under 24 hours’ time.

The clash also marks a particularly significant one for the two managers involved, with Mikel Arteta and Frank Lampard both aiming to clinch a first trophy since taking their respective spots in the dugout.

DUBLIN, IRELAND – JULY 10: Frank Lampard, Manager of Chelsea arrives at the stadium prior to the Pre-Season Friendly match between Bohemians FC and Chelsea FC at Dalymount Park on July 10, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Kante in, RLC doubt

And, as outlined above, ahead of Saturday’s crunch matchup, Chelsea’s boss has provided updates on a number of the key members of his squad.

Speaking in a press conference this afternoon, Frank Lampard opened up on a whole host of topics, one of which surrounded the goalkeeping situation at Stamford Bridge.

On the back of a disappointing spell of form, Kepa Arrizabalaga was of course dropped for Chelsea’s final Premier League outing of the campaign, last weekend versus Wolves.

As such, Lampard was inevitably drawn on whether the Spaniard could be handed the chance to redeem himself versus Arsenal, or if it is more likely that veteran Willy Caballero continues as no. 1.

The English tactician, though, was keen to keep his cards close to his chest, explaining:

‘It’s difficult because we have competition in the squad. I have changed it at times, we consider the games as we go – for big games, it becomes more difficult.’

‘I know how much players want to be in these games, but people off the bench have made a huge difference in recent games.’

‘It [leaving players out for a final] is difficult for me, difficult [for the players] to take, but players have to be positive.’

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 01: Kepa Arrizabalaga of Chelsea arrives prior to the Premier League match between Leicester City and Chelsea FC at The King Power Stadium on February 01, 2020 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

When it came to the fitness of star duo N’Golo Kante and Willian, however, Lampard was far less cryptic.

The Chelsea boss confirmed that both players are set to return to his matchday squad at Wembley, on the back of respective injury problems.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Liverpool FC 38 52 99
2 Manchester City FC 38 67 81
3 Manchester United FC 38 30 66
4 Chelsea FC 38 15 66
5 Leicester City FC 38 26 62
6 Tottenham Hotspur FC 38 14 59
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 38 11 59
8 Arsenal FC 38 8 56
9 Sheffield United FC 38 0 54
10 Burnley FC 38 -7 54
11 Southampton FC 38 -9 52
12 Everton FC 38 -12 49
13 Newcastle United FC 38 -20 44
14 Crystal Palace FC 38 -19 43
15 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 38 -15 41
16 West Ham United FC 38 -13 39
17 Aston Villa FC 38 -26 35
18 AFC Bournemouth 38 -25 34
19 Watford FC 38 -28 34
20 Norwich City FC 38 -49 21
Player Team Goals
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 23
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 22
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 22
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 20
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 19
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 18
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 18
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 17
Martial, Anthony Manchester United FC 17
Jimenez, Raul Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 17
Aguero, Sergio Manchester City FC 16
Abraham, Tammy Chelsea FC 15
Jesus, Gabriel Manchester City FC 14
Wood, Chris Burnley FC 14
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City FC 13
Richarlison Everton FC 13
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 13
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 11
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City FC 11

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