Five players who have played in an FA Cup final for Chelsea & Arsenal
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Saturday night's showpiece event under the arch at Wembley Stadium pits two of the FA Cup's most successful sides against one another in a repeat of the 2016-17 final.

It was Arsenal who came out victorious that year, winning the cup for a record-breaking 13th time, and, between the two clubs,  there have been a staggering 21 trophies won and 35 final appearances in the competition.

A whole host of players have turned out in both blue and red down the years with varying degrees of success (spoiler alert: Lassana Diarra and Yossi Benayoun are not on our list).

David Luiz will be amongst elite company if he can help the Gunners defeat his ex-teammate Frank Lampard's side.

So who are the five men who have already achieved this impressive feat?

1. Ashley Cole

Not only has Ashley Cole won the FA Cup with both sides, his seven winners' medals makes him the most decorated player in the competition's history.

The left-back lifted the cup on three occasions during his time at Highbury: in 2001-02, 2002-03, and in 2004-05 after a penalty shootout victory over Manchester United at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, in which Cole scored from the spot.

In August 2006, after a protracted transfer saga, Cole left Arsenal to join the Blues and carried on from where he had left off as he collected four more winners medals in 2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10, and 2011-12.

2. Nicolas Anelka

In February 1997, newly-appointed Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger signed 17-year-old Nicolas Anelka from Paris Saint Germain for £500,000. 

In 1997-98, in his first full season at the club, he broke into the first team after a long-term injury to striker Ian Wright

Anelka was a key player in a season which saw the Gunners win the domestic double, and he rounded off the season by scoring the second goal in the 2-0 victory over Newcastle United in the final. 

The Frenchman made another mid-season switch in January 2008 when he left Bolton Wanderers to join Chelsea, and once again, in his first full season at Stamford Bridge, he won the FA Cup as the Blues beat Everton 2-1 in the 2008-09 final.

Alongside Arsenal's Robin Van Persie, Anelka finished as the competition's top scorer with four goals.

He was also a part of the team who won the cup for a second time in as many seasons the following year in 2009-10, beating Portsmouth 1-0.

3. Cesc Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas was a teammate of Cole's during his time at Arsenal and was named in the starting XI that beat United in the 2004-05 final in Cardiff.

The Spaniard left the Emirates Stadium to return to his boyhood club Barcelona in 2011, before coming back to England in 2014; this time to SW6 rather than N7 as many had expected.

The 13 year gap between his first and second FA Cup triumph was the longest anyone on this list had to endure, as Fabregas finally got his hands on the trophy once again at the end of the 2017-18 season; getting the better of United once more as the Blues won 1-0 thanks to Eden Hazard's penalty.

4. Olivier Giroud

After winning Ligue 1 with Montpellier in 2011-12, Olivier Giroud joined the Gunners where his love affair with the FA Cup would begin.

In his second season in English football, Giroud lifted the trophy for the first time in 2013-14 as Arsenal beat Hull City 3-2, with Giroud providing the assist for Aaron Ramsey's winning goal.

In his second FA Cup final the following season, Giroud came off the bench and rounded off the scoring in a 4-0 thrashing of Aston Villa in the 2014-15 final.

His third and final triumph with the Gunners came in the aforementioned final of 2016-17. Once again, the striker was influential as a substitute and just like the final three years previous, he delivered the assist for Aaron Ramsey to score the winning goal, having only been on the pitch for one minute. 

Like Cole, Giroud made the direct switch from red to blue in January 2018 and ended the season with yet another winners' medal to add to his rapidly growing collection.

5. Petr Cech

Petr Cech was an ever-present in the Chelsea side and reveled in the same success as teammate Cole, winning the cup four times during his time at the Bridge also.

Like many before him, Cech switched between the two clubs and joined Arsenal at the start of the 2015-16 season, replacing the outgoing Wojciech Szczesny as the Gunners' first-choice goalkeeper ahead of David Ospina.

In his second season at the Emirates Stadium, Cech won his fifth FA Cup but was unfortunately sidelined for the final against his former club through injury, but featured throughout his side's run to the final; playing in the 2-1 semi-final victory over Manchester City. 

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