Friday 22 September 2017

Per Mertersacker returns to Arsenal team for FA Cup final with Chelsea

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27: Per Mertesacker of Arsenal walks out for the warmup prior to the Emirates FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27: Per Mertesacker of Arsenal walks out for the warmup prior to the Emirates FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Simon Peach

Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker made his first start in 392 days in the FA Cup final against Chelsea.

With Laurent Koscielny, Gabriel and Shkodran Mustafi out of the backline, the 32-year-old lined up in the back three alongside Rob Holding and Nacho Monreal.

David Ospina and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were the other Arsenal changes at Wembley, where Chelsea boss Antonio Conte brought in captain Gary Cahill, Pedro and Nemanja Matic.

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